It’s tick season in Iowa, follow these tips to avoid them

Close up photo of adult female deer tick crawling on piece of straw

Des Moines, Iowa – Many Iowans will be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer and public health officials are issuing a warning about ticks. This year could be a big year for the dangerous bugs.

That’s Shelby Kroona who says another anti-tick trick is that if you’re not too fashion conscious, involves tucking your pants inside your socks. If you do find a tick somewhere on your skin, Kroona says it’s best to just lift the tick’s body and pull it out. She says “folk remedies” don’t work.

The most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease. Kroona says not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the same symptoms, but the sign of infection is a rash that may appear within a few days to a month, usually at the site of the tick bite. People who experience such a rash should seek medical attention.

In 2016, 232 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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