During June and July when ticks are most active in Illinois, be sure to check your exposed skin frequently while out hiking. At this time of year, I find ticks most frequently appear inside the top edge of my ankle-length socks. I’ve also found them, ahem, inside the waistband of my shorts. I’m told that ticks appear often in these places because they need a backstop to drill into the skin.
The good news is that these these little vampires have to be attached for at least four hours before they can transmit an illness such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has some good information on preventing tick bites and what to do if a tick is attached to you or your pet.
This article from the Bollingbrook Sun mentions that Will County had 16 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2006.
Other posts you may be interested in:
- 7 tips for planning a camping trip in Illinois
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- Rolling through the big woods of Wisconsin
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