ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- If you spend anytime outside, you are likely swatting away those pesky mosquitoes. But those aren't the only things we should be aware of while outside.
Ticks are swarming across the Stateline. New research out of the University of Wisconsin shows tick density in the area is at more then ten times the normal.
Our wet spring and cool summer have led to ideal conditions for ticks. Normally found in tall grasses and heavily wooded areas, ticks can carry several diseases including Lyme Disease. And that threat isn't just for humans. Stateline pet owners say they've been pulling the insect off their animals all summer long and that has been keeping
Dr. Raj Patel of Animal Clinic of Rockford very busy.
"Normally I see one dog every other year that comes out positive with Lyme Disease. But, I have actually seen two Lyme Disease positive dogs in the last two months. That is very significant," Patel said.
Health officials and vets say it is very important to check both yourself and your animals after spending time outside. If bit by a tick, keep an eye out for flu like symptoms which could be the first sign of Lyme Disease.
If you spot a tick, the proper way to remove it is by using a pair of tweezers, grasping the tick near the mouth and gently pulling the tick in an upward motion.