Ticks create health concern as weather warms

Ticks can be present when the temperatures are 35 or greater

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Warmer weather may have you spending more time outside, but that means you are at risk of getting a tick on your skin.

Ticks can actually be active with temperatures just a few degrees above freezing.

Dog ticks and black-legged ticks, known as deer ticks, are common in the La Crosse area.

While they may be small, ticks can be a big problem, causing lyme disease.

A little bit of work can help keep you healthy.

“We want people to use tweezers to really gently pull the tick off from the head,” said Dr. David McNamara, an infectious disease physician at Gundersen Health System.
If you are enjoying the outdoors, wearing long clothing, knowing where to expect ticks and using insect repellents can help you avoid tick bites.

And don’t forget to check your pets for ticks.