Expect More Ticks and Bugs this Summer in Michigan
I'll be the first one to tell you that I despise bugs, any and all types of bugs. If I'm outside and I see too many bugs flying around, I'll go inside my house and stay there until it's all clear.
Of course mosquitoes are the most annoying bugs of them all. I hate them with a passion. In the spring and summer moths, I take bug spray wherever I go to protect myself from those blood sucking insects
Did you know that mosquitoes can spread diseases to humans? And what about ticks? They can cause Lyme disease and even Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
This from webmd.com:
You might already know that ticks cause Lyme disease. And maybe you’ve heard they can give you Rocky Mountain spotted fever, too. But these critters don’t stop there. In fact, they’re second only to mosquitoes in spreading disease to humans.
And by the way, where there's one tick, chances are you'll come in contact with many more. You certainly don't want to be bitten by a tick or a mosquito for that matter.
According to mlive.com:
But with overall tick numbers increasing, there is concern for the corresponding rise in tick-borne illnesses. Some ticks carry pathogens that can sicken pets and humans; the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can harbor the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, while a bite from the lone-star tick, whose number are on the rise in Michigan, can cause a person to become allergic to red meat.
So the question is: how do we avoid being bitten by ticks and if we are, what's the first thing we should do? Mlive.com is very informative and has all the answers to your questions.