TOPEKA, Kan, (KSNT) – It’s tick season and they can really suck the fun out of your summer. Ticks found in Kansas are capable of transmitting various types of pathogens to humans, dogs or animals. The most common is Lyme disease. While it’s prevalent in the northeastern part of the country, it’s no stranger to the Midwest.
There are three species of the arachnid that are found in Kansas:
There’s the American Dog and Lone Star ticks, but the only one that can spread Lyme is the blacklegged tick.
The Kansas landscape is ideal for tick territory. They like places where there’s moisture and will typically stay low to the ground. So they’ll gravitate toward brushes, tall grasses and vegetation.
“If you’re out hiking through pastures or hiking through wooded areas, those are locations where you’re likely to come into contact with ticks,” says Kansas State Entomologist Holly Shwarting. “Make sure to wear long clothing. Carry spray repellant that can be applied to your clothing or skin.”
But if you spot a tick on you, don’t panic. It can take up to 24 hours for it to pass any sort of pathogen. Instead, get a pair of pointy tweezers to remove them.
“Once a tick has been removed, we recommend hanging onto that tick,” says Schwarting. “Put it in a bottle of rubbing alcohol. That way, if you start to develop flu-like symptoms, your physician will be able to identify the species and if you have any medical conditions related to it.”
If you believe you might have been bitten by a tick, contact your local physician.
Here is some additional information about ticks.