Hiking in the woods and sand dunes here in Michiana can provide shelter for high populations of black-legged ticks deer ticks (or lxodes scapularis). Ticks maybe slower moving in winter temperatures, but once the snow melts, they become mobile again in a matter of days. Ticks in the nymph stage (spring) can be as small as a poppyseed, thus easy to miss in a full body check. Certain ticks can pass diseases onto humans and pets when they bite. If you've been bitten, the key is catching it early for the best results.
Tick bites are usually harmless and may produce no symptoms. However, if you’re allergic to tick bites, you may experience:
Some ticks carry diseases, which can be passed on when they bite. Tick-borne diseases can cause a variety of symptoms and usually develop within several days to a few weeks after a tick bite. Potential symptoms of tick-borne diseases include:
If you experience any of the following be sure to contact us immediately for an appointment.
Researchers estimate that roughly 20-percent of tick nymphs are infected with Lyme disease.