Scientists predicted 2017 would be a bad year for ticks and unfortunately, they were right.
It’s only July and doctors have already reported seeing a lot more tick bites than last year. Experts blame warmer temperatures for keeping ticks active longer.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, ticks are the most significant vectors of infectious diseases in America.
According to the <u>CDC</u>, tick-borne diseases have doubled since 2003. Nearly half of all counties in the U.S. are now home to ticks that transmit Lyme disease.
Ticks are spreading to new areas and a higher percentage are infected. Lyme isn’t the only danger as ticks can spread more than 14 diseases.
These mini-monsters can even make every carnivore's worst nightmare come true. Some tick bites can even trigger an <u>allergy to meat.</u>
The best way to prevent a tick bite is using repellent with at least 20% DEET (diethyltoluamide) and covering your legs and arms before going into heavily wooded areas.
Walk in the middle of hiking trails and always check your body for ticks after spending time out in the woods.