This is a spike in the West Michigan tick population.  I'm itching just thinking about it.

A veterinarian at the Ottawa Animal Hospital, Eric Heitman talked to Wood TV 8 about this uptick in ticks,

"For reasons that I can’t explain, Ottawa County and Allegan County have been running No. 1 and 2 (in the state) for the number of tick by bites or tick exposures," Heitman said Monday. "We seem to be seeing more ticks every year than we did the year before. And it’s pretty amazing because 20 years ago, I don’t remember seeing any ticks around here."

 

This isn't the first time we've reported a rise in the tick population here in Michigan over the last couple years.  Which may indicate an alarming trend.

Allegan County is no stranger to tick problems.  According to this story we did in May, both Allegan and Kalamazoo counties tied for the 2nd most reported Lyme Disease cases reported.  Berrien County topped the list.

Make sure you check yourself, children and pets after walking in wooded areas or even areas with high grass.  It doesn't take much for a tick to attached to your body or clothing.

Lymedisease.org say you should watch out for the following symptoms if you are bitten by a tick:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Joint Pain
  • Rash

If you think you may have Lyme disease contact your doctor.