Ticks have the ability to secrete substance that blocks pain that you would normally feel from being bitten, as well as an anticoagulant, that stops your blood from clotting so they can gorge until they are about to burst. They have been pests since they have evolved into the current form about 150 million years ago, so they're not going away anytime soon.

There are a couple of ways to avoid them. one, you can wear long sleeves and pants when you venture out to the tall grassy fields and woods on your next adventure. Or, you can apply a bug spray that uses deet. Making sure that you do not apply directly to your skin and washing up as soon as you are done.

You may also want to check, double-check and even triple-check for the creepy arachnids that may have latched onto you as a host! They easily hide on your skin and are disguised as birthmarks or freckles. You may also want to have your physician or a redi-care specialist to remove them if found. Parts of the tick could remain in your body, even after removal. And with a dozen different diseases associated with them including Lyme Disease, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

So make sure to check yourself and be checked for ticks to ensure a healthy and safe summer!

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