Swelling tick population increases risk of lyme disease in Missouri/Kansas

Michael Ronnebaum
May 18, 2017 - 6:23 am

Entomologists say the mild winter in Kansas and Missouri is likely to bring about a bad season for ticks. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there were more than 270,000 cases of lyme disease in the U.S. in 2012. The infectious disease is most commonly spead by ticks. 

"Now that it's getting a little bit warmer and people want to be outside, it's definitely going to be one of those seasons where you have to be extra cautious and just be aware of your surroundings as well as what you have on your body after you go inside," said Sandy Duncan with the Farmers' Almanac.

Some remedies for ticks are widely available -- some can even be found around the house, like vinegar.

"Combine two cups water, four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of organic neem oil," Duncan said. "You mix it up all up in a spray bottle and you spray your clothes or even your skin."

Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in seeds from the neem tree. It has a bitter taste and a smell that some people compare to garlic or sulfur. The oil is available online and at a lot of retail and drug stores. 

It is always a good idea to check the body for tiny bugs after visiting a wooded area. 

Symptoms of lyme disease include neck stiffness, headaches, body rashes and severe joint pain.

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