Warm temps bring early tick sightings

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Bad bugs: Although this spring has brought wonderfully warm temperatures, it has also brought an early arrival of creepy crawlies, including ticks. | FILE PHOTO

Health officials in Lake County, Ill., say the early arrival of warm temperatures has also brought an early start to the tick season.

The Lake County Health Department has recently been asked to identify ticks found on pets.

Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause fever, fatigue and muscle and joint aches.

The health department recommends using tweezers or fingers shielded with a tissue to remove a tick. Don’t burn the tick with a match or cover it with petroleum jelly. Instead, grasp the tick near the skin and pull up with slow, even pressure.

Don’t twist or pull the tick rapidly. That could cause part of the tick to break off and remain in the skin.

Disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water.

To learn more about tick removal, click here.

To read about symptoms of tickborne illnesses and see photos of tickborne rashes and bites, click here.