— At a recent gather-ing of outdoor writers from across Indiana the subject of this year’s unusual weather and how it impacted fishing and hunting activities came up. Following several of those discussions, it seemed talks moved on to this spring’s high number of ticks.
“They are as thick as I’ve ever seen them,” said Don Cranfil of Bloomington.
“I noticed a lot of them too while turkey hunting,” added Bill Keaton.
With last winter’s exceptionally mild weather and our extremely early spring, tick numbers appear to be higher than ever.
As spring moves to summer, many of us are going to spend a lot of time outdoors, and we should. Whether we are fishing, hiking or just playing in the yard with our children, summertime is meant for us to be outside. I have several friends who have already begun hanging new tree stands for the upcoming fall deer hunting season.
As we enjoy the outdoors during this time of year, we should be aware of ticks, but at the same time not let them deter us from the activities we enjoy.
Each year there are isolated cases of Lyme disease diagnosed in Indiana. This serious, infectious illness is transmitted to humans through bacteria from the bite of infected deer ticks. Unfortunately, our state lies right in the middle of some of the highest concentrations in the country.
Lyme disease often manifests itself with a characteristic round rash around the bite. This may be accompanied by fever, headache, fatigue and joint pain. Symptoms usually show up one to two weeks after a bite. It’s always good to see a doctor if these symptoms occur. Lyme disease can be successfully treated, but is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Be sure to let the doctor know you have been exposed to ticks.