(Jefferson City)–When people take to the outdoors this weekend and this summer, they should be prepared to encounter ticks. Ticks attach themselves to warm-blooded mammals to feed, and if left attached for approximately 24 hours or more, can transmit some dangerous illnesses to people.
Missouri Conservation Department Area Supervisor Aaron Pondrom says people should avoid areas of high grasses and growth and spray a repellant on their clothes before going outdoors.
Other tips include wearing light-colored clothing so that spotting ticks crawling on them is easier. Wear pant cuffs inside boots. And carefully check yourself for ticks when you come indoors. Promptly remove any ticks you find.