Georgia seeing more ticks, this year, due to mild winter

11:21 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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  • Sunny, a dachshund, gets checked out for ticks.

(WXIA) -- Insects and bugs have been in full force this year thanks to the record hot summer and the very mild winter. Certain insects, such as ticks, thrive in hot conditions. 

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down a bit, many people are going outdoors to enjoy it, but that might land you an unwanted guest on your daily walk or hike through the woods.

"Yes, ticks are definitely an issue in Georgia," Dr. Jennifer Keuten of Powers Ferry Animal Hospital points out. "We're seeing way more ticks this year than we have in previous years probably because of the milder winter that we have had."

The best way to prevent a tick from following you home is to make sure your pets are up to date on their flea and tick medicines, and for us humans, try to wear light colored clothing so the ticks are easier to spot.

Prevention is key since ticks can cause illness in both pets and humans, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 

If you do find one on yourself or your pet, Dr. Keuten recommends using tweezers to remove it. You want to place the tweezers by the tick's head, then squeeze and lift the tick off firmly.

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