INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Summer is just around the corner, and that means many Hoosiers will be spending more time outdoors.
There’s a growing concern we could see more ticks than usual this year in central Indiana.
Experts say back-to-back mild winters are likely to blame.
It’s not uncommon to see a spike in the tick population in the summer immediately following a mild winter.
With more ticks comes an increased concern and risk for Lyme disease.
However, not all ticks carry the disease.
In central Indiana it’s the black-legged tick also known as the “deer tick” that you need to lookout for.
You need to be especially careful if you’re in a wooded area in the north-west part of the state.
The Indiana State Department of Health says that’s where a majority of the new cases of tick-borne diseases are concentrated.
“Tick-borne disease is a large public health impact in Indiana, last year we had over 200 cases of Tick-borne disease,” said Taryn Stevens an epidemiologist with the Indiana State Department of Health.
If you’re bit by a tick and infected with Lyme disease you could see signs and symptoms as soon as three days after the tick bite.
Symptoms to look for include a fever, chills, headache, unexplained fatigue, and a rash near the location of the bite.
To prevent getting bit by a tick consider wearing insect repellent with deet, covering your head with a hat when hiking, and tucking your pants into your socks to keep ticks from crawling up your legs.