Expect abundance of ticks this spring

Ticks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – The University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture says there is an abundance ticks this spring in Arkansas.

The statement comes on the heels of the death in neighboring Oklahoma of a man who had a virus spread through tick bites.

Extension entomologist Kelly Loftin says lone star ticks and American dog ticks are particularly prevalent. A Delaware, Oklahoma, man died from the Heartland virus – which is linked to the lone star tick.

Other ticks in Arkansas include the blacklegged tick, the winter tick, the Gulf Coast tick and the brown dog tick.

Loftin said any tick found on the body should be promptly removed by using tweezers, pulling upward with a steady pressure and the area should be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.

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