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Tick Bites: Ways to Keep Safe During Summer Months

June 6, 2013

The warmer months bring ticks and that means more tick bites. This is the time of year when their eggs start to hatch.

Central Virginia is home to four species of ticks that carry diseases. Those include the American Dog tick, Black-legged tick (commonly known as the Deer tick), the Brown Dog tick and the Lone Star tick.

These ticks can carry diseases like Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. So full body checks when coming home from tick-infested areas are important.

It is also important to get your pet the proper tick prevention. Dr. Ryan McKenna from the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service spoke about these ticks.

"For the ticks to actually spread these diseases they have to be attached for 24 to 48 hours, so most preventative tick control that you get from your normal veterinarian causes ticks to fall off in that time," says McKenna. "So it is very important to keep your pets on tick control."

To avoid tick bites, stay out of wooded areas with tall grass. If you are walking in the woods, stay in the center of the trail. Also, use tick repellant that contains 20% DEET (N-diethyl-m-toulamide) for protection that lasts several hours.

For more information on ticks you can check out the websites below.

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