Ticks are blood-sucking cousins of the spider that can commonly be found in the woods and tall grass.  While some speculation had the tick population suffering due to the brutal winter, that appears not to be the case.  If you find a tick on yourself or anyone else, you are advised to see a doctor to have it removed.

But if you can’t get to a doctor, Patti Brown, Educator at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, says there are a few things to consider when you go after the critter.

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Ticks are known carriers of several diseases, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals' breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture and vibrations. They are incapable of flying or jumping, so they wait until a host walks by and latches on for the ride.

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