Tick warning

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. --Thanks to the recent wet weather, Texomans have already seen an increase in mosquitoes. Now officials are warning residents to look out for an eight-legged pest.

In the past few years southern Oklahoma has seen its fair share of drought and wildfire but thanks to recent rains things are looking a little bit greener, which means a threat for more ticks.

Tick population increases as our surroundings become wet

"They will just be out there on tips of leaves and just get on your pants," says Lake Murray Park naturalist Mark Teders.

"As the human population grows,so do dogs and cats…their numbers grow as those populations grow. It gives more individuals the ticks need."

Lyme disease is a risk, as well as an illness known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Experts say to keep them away use repellant before stepping outside and wear light-colored clothes to spot ticks more easily on your body.

"The best insect repellent is deet. You can get it anywhere from seven percent to 100 percent solution."

If you find out that you have been bitten, health experts say if you feel a little woosy go and see a doctor.

"I use maybe some tissue. If I don’t have that I use my thumb and forefinger, I grab the tick firmly and pull it straight out."

So if you’re going to enjoy the outdoors be sure to use repellent with deet, check yourself for ticks at all times, and enjoy your summer.


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  • by DANNY Location: KINGSTN on Jun 16, 2007 at 05:12 AM
    REMOVING A TICK. TAKE RUBING ALCOHOL, SOAK COTTON BALL IN IT. GET AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.IN A SHORT TIME HE WILL TURN LOSE AND YOU CAN PULL THE TICK RIGHT OUT HEAD AND ALL..ITS THE ALCOHOL THAT MAKES HIM TURN LOSE. OR YOU HAD JUST PULL OUT EVERTHING EXCEPT THE HEAD.
  • by Danny Location: Catfishbay on Jun 16, 2007 at 04:19 AM
    YOU THINK TICKS ARE A PROBLEM. LAST NIGHT JUST WALKING FROM PARKING TO DOCKS. WE WAS COVERED IN FLEAS. NEVER SEEN ANYTHINK LIKE IT
  • by s Location: ardmore on Jun 15, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    Not sure I agree on some of the tactics on tick removal but I agree the ticks are bad and are gonna get worse. I also wanted to say that was finally a good story from Teddy I liked the way he was in front of the camera. Must be something new or someone gave hime some pointers. He is a good reporter, buy that Ryan guy needs to go! Man he is goofy!
  • by Mr. Y Location: U S A on Jun 15, 2007 at 09:12 AM
    HANG EM!! THEY SUCK!!!
  • by Ralph Location: Ardmore on Jun 15, 2007 at 07:21 AM
    I hate those little buggers, one time I found one in my belly button! Just don't pull them out with tweezers!
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