Ticks! Are They Misunderstood?
No, ticks are terrible. Just saying the word "ticks" get's people's skin crawling. There's probably a tick on the back of your neck right now.
You're not alone if your hand instinctively wanted to go to the back of your neck and scratch where you know that tick has got to be. Seriously, you can FEEL one on your body RIGHT NOW!
Enough tick-torture, we're entering tick season and there's a few helpful things to know.
First off, if you're in a city and a fair distance from overgrown areas- you can keep your property pretty darn tick free just by keeping your lawn mowed and any brushy undergrowth under control. Ticks like moisture and hate the sun.
It's another thing if you're roaming around out in the country. When I was a young lad, I thought ticks lived in trees and would jump off branches and land on your head. So, I thought avoid the trees and go just play in the tall grass. Ah, the folly of youth. Ticks love tall grass and hanging out by the creek. Just like me!
Like mosquitoes, ticks carry a variety of diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Neither are to be taken lightly, but for North Dakotan's staying in ND- both diseases are somewhat scarce. But, you'll see here where Lyme disease had a spike in 2017.
So take precautions. Wear light clothing so you can spot the little buggers. Tuck your pants in your socks so you look like a dork. Use insect repellent with DEET (but follow label directions)
Good luck y'all and stop thinking about that tick you can feel crawling around your private parts. But, I'm pretty sure it's there.