Posted on June 09 2020
Exploring the great outdoors is a favorite pastime for many. There's only one small problem - bugs. Flies, gnats, beetles, spiders, and ants are usually just a nuisance. However, ticks can be a deadly danger. Ticks are extremely small arachnids that bite. Ticks have flat, dark bodies with an oval shape and eight short legs. These harmful parasites crawl over the skin before latching on and feasting on your blood. Unlike mosquitoes, ticks can stay on your skin for up to 10 days.
Since ticks can be as little as one millimeter long, they're hard to detect. The unnoticed tick may then transmit a serious illness. Lyme disease is a common example spread by deer ticks. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or RMSF, is another infection that can be fatal. Therefore, everyone must be cautious outdoors to avoid picking up ticks at any time of year. Here are four simple safety steps you should take to prevent tick bites and the diseases they carry.