HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – This year should be rough for ticks. Doctors are warning that due to the wet spring we have today, the conditions are perfect for them to come out.
"I have no doubt that we will have a heavy season," said Dr. Thomas Rushton, an Infectious Diseases Specialist with St. Louis Mary's Medical Center. "It's perfect for that. We know that the eggs we lay in the winter will actually start cracking whenever we get the first rain, so where we are now."
Dr. Rushton said that the season also helps grass grow and the leaves are in trees, giving ticks something to hang on.
As this will be a bad conversation period, doctors urge you to check yourself, your children and your pets any time you enter from outside.
There are several places you should check when you are looking for ticks.
"You want to look at hair, so where there is a hairline," says Dr. Rushton. "You want to look very well because it may look like a small abrasion on the skin or a mole, but if it's a mark and you hold it, the legs will move. You may need the magnifying glass crevasses, so the The penis is also where the ticks want to take some time for that tick to find a real place he likes, bites and embeds, so we want to remove all the ticks within 24 hours. "[1
said Ali Shehl that he knew that this budget would be bad, he would change his work to his family when they arrived each day.
"Now that I know it's going to be bad, I can check my kids," Shehl said. "We're trying to check Ruby whenever he walks through the grass because we've seen some of his new ones."
Although doctors say that only about 10 percent of the diseases with ticks, you still need to keep an eye on any bite you get.
Two serious illnesses watched by doctors are Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Dr. Rushton said black legs ticks, or deer ticks, ticks spreading Lyme Disease.