Ticks: One hated insect you need to know about



Just the name alone gives some people the creepy-crawlies. You don’t like them, you don’t want to think about them, much less find one on yourself or your pet.

Yet these small insects are one of the many we really should be paying more attention to. They can carry multiple diseases that can be transmitted to humans, they’re small enough to go undetected if you’re not looking, and often are found where we like to recreate most, especially now that the weather is warming up.

And now to add to the eight-legged fun, we have another species to watch out for. The Lone Star Tick is making its way through Michigan, likely due to the increase in deer and wild turkey populations. This species spreads Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and can cause tick paralysis.

So which ones do we have to be on the lookout for? And what do you do to prevent them? These documents should help. The first is a simple fact sheet highlighting the most common ticks in Michigan and how to identify them. The second is a longer pdf file that give tips on what diseases are spread by ticks, how to prevent ticks and how to remove them if you have them.


Download Michigan’s Five Most Common Ticks (above)- 5commonticks_282020_7_3594915_ver1.0

Download Ticks and Your Health: Preventing tick-borne illness in Michigan here – resize_307382_7_3546396_ver1.0


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