While tick season is mostly worrisome in the early Spring months some warmer weather increases the risk of Lyme disease.

As we really start to explore the outdoors during these warmer months making sure we're protecting ourselves from the threats of mother nature are very important.

There are the obvious things we should be doing. Wear sun screen, bring bug spray, watch our for bears - but ticks have really become a problem lately. I don't recall finding them as often as I have in the last few years here in the Capital Region but they keep popping up all over.

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The weather is getting warmer here in Upstate New York and that will make contracting Lyme disease easier.

According to the Cortland Standard:

Tests show about half of the adult ticks in the Finger Lakes region carry Lyme disease and a much smaller, but rising, percentage of ticks, carry anaplasmosis.

 

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?

  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Sweating
  • Low energy

I've heard of Lyme disease but I've never heard of anaplasmosis before. They say that it is relatively new to our area and the symptoms are very similar to Lyme disease but with one other tell tale sign. They say you could also develop a rash with the anaplasmosis.

After my kids play outside I check them to make sure they don't have one one them, because it seems like I find one on them at least once a summer. Wearing long sleeves and long pants is the best way to combat getting a tick, but with how hot it gets that is not always a great option.

There are some natural ways to repel ticks, and here they are.

Eight Natural Tick Repellents Safe For Humans And Pets

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