As the weather starts to turn warmer and you look to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, Minnesota health officials are reminding you that so do the ticks. State Epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman says when the temps climb into the ’50s and ’60s, the ticks become active and are looking to eat:
“Any time they are out in woody or brushy habitat — whether that’s doing maintenance on their property, maybe going out, and just enjoying the outdoors — you are kind of fair game for those ticks. So you want to be taking preventative measures using repellant, and tick checks when you get back indoors.”
It’s because deer ticks can transmit diseases like Anaplasmosis, Lyme Disease, and Babesiosis. Schiffman says if you are wearing long pants, permethrin works very well on the clothing, but it shouldn’t be used on bare skin. Otherwise, use a repellent with DEET.