Warm weather brings the ticks out early in Iowa


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Stories continue to come out about how Iowa’s unusually warm winter affected our environment. Now, it is being reported that ticks have showed up in Iowa earlier than normal.

Typically, ticks do not start appearing until May or June, but already people have noticed the insects on their pets and on themselves.

This means that people will have to start watching out for ticks, since no one wants to get Lyme disease. Precautions include checking pets and children for ticks after they come inside, and making sure your skin is well covered when outdoors.

The most common spots ticks latch onto are the scalp and folded areas of the skin.

For more information, check out an article from KCRG here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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