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A UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ENTOMOLOGY EXPERT URGES THE PUBLIC TO WATCH OUT FOR TICKS THIS SUMMER. 
 
TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES ARE ON THE RISE…SO IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN YOU’RE IN THE WOODS OR A GRASSY AREA. U OF I ENTOMOLOGY PROFESSOR BRIAN ALLEN SAYS SPRAYING YOUR CLOTHING WITH A REPELLANT CONTAINING PERMETHRIN CAN HELP KEEP THE BUGS FROM HITCHING A RIDE. HE RECOMMENDS DOING A “TICK CHECK” BEFORE ENTERING YOUR HOME AND NOTES THEY DON’T TYPICALLY ATTACH RIGHT AWAY.
 

 

 
 
ALLEN SAYS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE A TICK THAT HAS LATCHED ON IS TO GRASP IT WITH TWEEZERS CLOSE TO YOUR SKIN AND SLOWLY PULL STRAIGHT UPWARDS.

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