Experts: Watch for ticks and the diseases they carry

Posted: September 4, 2017 at 1 a.m.

A female tick climbs a blade of grass. With its eight jointed legs, ticks are related scorpions and spiders.

Ticks and the potentially serious diseases they carry are out in abundance in Arkansas this year, with experts urging hikers and hunters to watch out for the seed-sized crawlers.

Tick tips

To avoid ticks or prevent tick-borne disease:

• Avoid tall grass and dense vegetation, and check yourself often for ticks.

• Wear long sleeves and pants and repellents with DEET, picaridin or permethrin.

• If a tick bites, grasp it with tweezers or a similar instrument as close to the skin as possible and gently pull upward.

• If you experience a rash or other symptoms, check with a health care provider.

Source: Staff report

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