Warm spring brings ticks out early across Minnesota

Warm spring brings ticks out early across Minnesota

So the chance of getting Lyme there is extremely low, although many other kinds of ticks are plentiful in the province.

You can wear bug spray, long sleeves and even tuck your trousers into your socks (cool!), but from now until fall, you or your pet might encounter ticks, and an even less welcome hitchhiker: Lyme disease.

This event is free and registration is not required. “Lyme disease, but then also anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, a species of ehrlichiosis”. If you’re bitten or have symptoms, Lively recommends seeing a doctor as soon as possible.

Symptoms can include fever, headaches and muscle pain, plus the distinctive bullseye rash.

The small insects can carry Lyme disease, which can be debilitating if not caught quickly.

Although the ticks are out early, Schiffman said it appears that their numbers are typical for a Minnesota spring. Still, she says, infections are generally increasing every year.

“If you look at them over time, the trend is definitely on an upward trajectory”, Schiffman said.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is passed through the bite of an infected deer tick. Schiffman said anyone venturing outside in a tick-prone area should take precautions like using repellent, doing tick checks and showering. Brooke Moore, who chairs the city’s tick task force, said the rates of tick-borne illnesses in North Oaks were about five times higher than surrounding communities. Lyme disease is treatable and most people recover completely with proper treatment.

Samantha said she was thrilled to see a sign up on the Bears Rails Gate near Old Windsor. “And many of our residents have started implementing personal protective measures”.