You hear it in the news. Your Mom is telling you to be careful. Your friend just pulled a tick off his kid the other day. It is time to accept the new reality in the Twin Cities and all over Minnesota. Ticks are here and present a real danger when spending time outdoors.
Ticks spread disease to humans such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. They also spread disease to our pets. While they are gross, annoying, and disgusting, the reality is they are quite dangerous.
With no human vaccines for these diseases, preventing tick-borne disease still relies heavily on avoiding tick bites. And unless you are going to never leave your house, you will need to know how to avoid tick bites. This means knowing the what, where, why, and how of ticks and tick behavior.