By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Every spring, the same warnings are issued about ticks but this year, there are concerns it could be worse.READ MORE: Friends Salt, Shovel Ramp To Hot Metal Bridge To Help Woman In Wheelchair
It’s all tied to the forecast.
The midwest and northeast had a mild winter and with the warmer temperatures, above-average rainfall, and humidity levels returning, insect experts are expecting ticks to thrive.
It’s a major concern for people but also for their pets.
In order to prevent ticks, take time to follow some of these prevention tips:
In your yard, make sure your bushes are trimmed, pick up and debris, and keep the grass short.READ MORE: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin Lift Streaking Penguins Over Senators
Ticks can often be found in warm, shady areas.
If you’re planning to head out on a hike, make sure to wear long sleeves and pants.
The CDC also recommends applying bug spray with at least 20% picaridin, or “I-R 35-35.”
Once you return home, check for ticks, especially in your knees, armpits, and hair then change your clothes.
There are also ways to prevent ticks from getting inside your home.MORE NEWS: How To Protect People, Pets And Pipes During A Deep Freeze
You can learn more about tick prevention at this website.