GREEN BAY - The warm weather means the pesky insects are finding their way back out, especially ticks.
A recent report labeled parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois as high risk for Lyme Disease.
The mild winter means tick season is upon us a little earlier this year.
So watch out for the little buggers. DNR officials say they are out there.
"Both deer ticks and wood ticks are plentiful," said DNR Safety Manager Marsha Present during a phone interview. "They are moving eastward in the state, so we're seeing that happen every year. They seem to move more to our part of the state, north, northeast region."
The small insects do more than just overstay their welcome, they can make you sick
Lyme disease is the state's most frequently reported tickborne illness.
And according to a report released by the Yale School of Public Health, residents are considered to be at high risk.
"It can be a really bad thing to have if it's misdiagnosed," explained Dr. Richard Erdman with Bellin Medical Group. "It's easily treated early on."
The signs and symptoms can occur between three and 30 days after a bite.
They range from a red rash to flu like symptoms.
But doctors say ticks can cause other diseases.
Last year, more than 4,100 cases of tickbourne diseases were reported, an increase from the year before.
"If you're out in the woods, you do any camping, you like to hike, bike, all that kind of stuff puts you at risk," Dr. Erdman said.
Too keep them off of you all together, DNR officials say there are steps you can take.
And some can be done right in your own back yard.
The DNR suggests removing leaves and tall grass around your home.
It's also recommended to use wood chips or gravel along the border between your lawn and wooded areas.
But sometimes it's just as simple as a quick check.
"The full body tick check is the most recommended prevention measure to use," Present explained.
If possible, officials recommend staying out of wooded areas with high grass.
You can find more prevention tips in the News Links section.
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