Tick season in full swing

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It’s tick season.

Ticks may be small bugs, but if one bites you, it’s a big problem.

They can carry Lyme disease.

The Centers for Disease Control records show that confirmed Lyme disease cases in Michigan continue to rise every year.

6 News Mariah Harrison reports a local nature center says their tick population is getting out of control, but there are plenty of ways to keep your family safe and have fun in the sun this summer.

Lyme Disease’s typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a rash.

If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.

Ticks can attach to any part of the human body, that’s how they pass the disease.

These little guys range in size from the size of a sprinkle to a small chocolate chip.

Fenner Nature Center in Lansing is crawling with them.

“Our volume has increased six to eight fold over 2012.”

Executive director Liz Roxberry says they’re everywhere, but it’s no reason to panic.

“Fenner Nature Center is a high fenced park, and so we have very condensed wildlife here. We have a lot of deer, a lot of woodchuck, a lot of squirrels all of which are carriers of ticks.”

Fenner sees around 70,000 visitors a year and has never had a case of Lyme Disease.

“We haven’t had a lot of human tick contact.”

Even so the center has taken steps to protect visitors.

“So by widening these trails, as you walk the trails you’re able to have a little bit more of a safety buffer zone between coming in contact.”

If you see a rash, contact your doctor immediately.

For more information on how to protect you and your family from ticks, you can pick up a brochure from Fenner Nature Center anytime during normal business hours.

Fenner Nature Center is partnering up with the state health department and etymologists at Michigan State for a tick study to determine the best and safest way to control the tick population.

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