“To remove a tick, use tweezers or gloved hands,” the release read. “Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady, even pressure.”
ODNR said it should be detached as soon as it is discovered.
“Ohioans are at greatest risk for contracting tick-borne disease from June through August, but Lyme disease is possible year-round,” Dr. Glen Needham, associate professor emeritus at the Ohio State University, said in the news release.
Pets are also at risk for attracting ticks. Waynesville resident Annika Belt was walking her dogs Arrow and Sweetpea at Sugarcreek Metro Park last week. They frequently spend time outdoors, and ticks have been a nuisance to her and her pets this summer.
“(Arrow) has had seven to eight ticks,” she stated. “One time I pulled three off of him in a day.”
Ticks seems to have grown in magnitude this year, Belt says.
“They seem to be more prevalent, especially in the grassy areas,” she said. “I’ve noticed them in past years, but there seem to be quite a few more (this year).”
Belt, who has a degree in animal science from the University of Findlay, believes several environmental factors are contributing to the large number of ticks present around the Dayton region. The past year’s uncharacteristically warm winter and the area’s high humidity levels could play a role, she said.
For Belt, tick prevention is the best way to minimize the pests’ impact on her daily life. Both of her dogs receive multiple anti-tick treatments, including a topical option and a natural anti-tick spray, she says.
“(Tick prevention) is extremely important,” she stated. “Always look over yourself and your animals and kids. Make sure to take all the preventatives you can.”