Is it a tick? This guide will help you decide


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Monday, June 10, 2019

Huron Township is a rural community.

That means residents here get their fair share of tick encounters every spring and summer.

This season, tick populations are on the rise, according to reports.

Some who haven’t experienced these blood sucking arachnids may not know how to identify them.

Here is a helpful guide from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that helps you identify a certain tick:

Ticks are closely related to insects and spiders, and there are over 20 known tick species in Michigan.

They usually live out their lives feeding on wildlife, however people may be bitten when they work or recreate in areas where ticks live.

Ticks are most often associated with natural areas such as grassy shorelines, wooded areas, or fields near wooded areas. Ticks are rarely encountered indoors unless brought inside on the clothing of people or on the body of a pet.

Several species of ticks are known to bite people and pets, and may harbor dangerous bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

Not all ticks carry diseases, but tick-borne diseases do occur in Michigan, and can be serious or fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated.

For more information about ticks and your health, visit this website.


 

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