The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.
Q: I’m camping over Memorial Day weekend, and I want to avoid exposure to Lyme disease. How can I prevent tick bites?
A: Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks are most active during Mid-May through Mid-July, so it’s important to take precautions when enjoying the outdoors. High-risk areas include hardwood forests, woody/brushy areas and long grass. Here are some tips to prevent tick bites:
If you find an attached tick, gently remove it with a tweezers. Wash the area and apply antiseptic to the bite. See a doctor right away if you experience a rash, fever, headache, fatigue or other signs of illness. To learn more, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/insects/deerticks.
Melissa Warhol, DNR safety and risk supervisor