The local tick population is on the rise in Michigan.  Here's what to look out for.

If you thought you've already seen more ticks than usual this early in Spring, you're not crazy according to 9and10News,

MSUE educators like Elsner say there is an uptick of ticks.

“Ticks are pretty much everywhere in the environment,” Elsner says. “The numbers come and go and, the last few months, I've had more calls about them.

Most large insects are pretty easy to see when you are out camping, but ticks and other things like them, are a little bit different and Elsner says you may need a closer eye to see them.

“The black-legged tick, also called the deer tick, is known to transmit Lyme disease fairly efficiently,” Elsner says. “It's important to keep an eye on the bite site and look for possible symptoms.

Lymedisease.org say you should watch out for the following symptoms if you are bitten by a tick:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Joint Pain
  • Rash

If you think you may have Lyme disease contact your doctor.

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