The Warm Weather Is Here In New England And So Are Ticks

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The warm weather is here to stay in Massachusetts and now, the CDC is warning people it's peak tick season.

The CDC has a tick bite data tracker, and it states that emergency room visits for tick bites are usually highest from now until the first week of June.

The site has the northeast listed as the worst region in the country for ticks. The northeast leads the data by a long shot, with 105 emergency room visits out of 100,000 for tick bites.

The region with the second most is the midwest with 34. Ticks carry numerous diseases, including Powassan Virus Disease and Lyme disease.

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To help reduce the risk of getting a tick bite, officials say it's best to avoid wooded and leaf covered areas. In addition, they recommend staying away from patches of tall grass.

The CDC also recommends using repellent to protect yourself and your pet from ticks. If you do find a tick attached to your skin, they say the key is to remove the rick as soon as possible.

They add, there are several tick removal devices on the market, but a set of fine-tipped tweezers work best.

For more information on ticks, you can check out the CDC's website.

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