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Don’t let ticks ruin your outdoor summer fun

A deer tick (File photo) A deer tick (File photo)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

With the warmer weather now upon us, people are spending more time outside. More time outside means a greater risk of being bitten by a tick.

Ticks can be found not only in grassy areas, but also in woods and anyplace animals may be roaming around.

Health experts from the Toledo Lucas County Health Department say prevention is the key.

"Wear lighter colored clothing, stick your pants in your socks, wear DEET, make sure that you're checking yourself on a regular basis and when you get inside take a shower after you're done," said Eric Zgodzinski of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Tick bites have been known to cause Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Those who think they could be affected should look for a rash or flu-like symptoms.

Pets are vulnerable to ticks too, so keep an eye on them.

June is peak season for ticks. Health Department officials say if you do find a tick on you, the best way to get rid of it is with tweezers. Make sure you grab it at the base and pull straight up.

For more, visit http://www.lucascountyhealth.com/.

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