Tick and mosquito season is back in western Wisconsin.

"They're there, and people need to protect themselves. It's starting to warm up ticks are present and they are moving around."

And that goes for mosquitoes too. K.T. Gallagher with the Eau Claire city and county health department says we all need to be aware of these pests as the temperatures rise. She says the best prevention in a good insect repellent.

"So that repellent with 20 to 30 percent deet will work for both ticks and mosquitoes."

Also she adds wearing long pants and tucking your cuff into your socks can help prevent bites. It's important to guard against these insects because ticks can carry Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus.
Fortunately the main symptom of Lyme Decease is an easy one to spot.

"The hallmark, everybody looks for that bulls-eye rash, but there's also some joint stiffness, fatigue, malaise stuff like that."

Finally with West Nile the symptoms are hard to spot they can be headaches or just fatigue. So always see a doctor if you feel you may have been exposed to West Nile from mosquitoes. She says it's best to inspect yourself after being outdoors and take a shower soon after you return. I talked to some people in the park about how they have heard you should remove a tick.

"Alcohol, not drinking alcohol but regular rubbing alcohol."

But Gallagher says if you do have a tick on you it's best to not put any type of liquid on the tick just remove it with tweezers.


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