Ticks thrive in warmer winters…and they hitchhike on birds and humans. The Star tribune had an article about ticks and the diseases they carry…Kevin Giles (January 21, 2012). The most prevalent tick in MN is the black legged tick ; they don’t have natural predators, and so far there is no real way to control them. With warmer winters they can survive from year to year and of course their numbers grow expediently. These ticks carry lyme disease and are most active from mid-May to mid-July.  The MN Department of Health advises that you avoid wooded and brushy habitats, wear tick repellent when outdoors, and check skin and clothing for ticks after being outdoors.  Lyme disease symptoms: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes.  About 70-80 percent of infected people develop a circular or bull’s-eye skin rash. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Be sure to see a doctor with symptoms…lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection.

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