Concerns about ticks rise as warmer weather approaches

As the spring weather arrives, so too do concerns about ticks and Lyme Disease.

The Onondaga County Health Department says ticks are out from spring to fall, but ticks carrying Lyme Disease usually come out around late May.

Diane Prove, of Fayetteville, said she has already encountered ticks at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.

"We found a couple here," said Prove. "It was about a month or so ago, going up by the tulip trees. And a couple of them were around our ankles, on our pants."

Several people at the park said they are already taking precautions for the season.

"Pants inside your socks, you know, wear high sneakers, long pants even if it's 90 degrees out," said Cathy Smith. "And then when we come back, everybody checks. And we check the animals also."

The Onondaga County Health Department recommends mowing lawns often, and removing brush from your property. To keep deer away, the department suggests not feeding the animals or planting flowers that will attract them.

To keep ticks off, health officials recommend staying out of wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter, and using an insect repellent containg DEET or Permethrin.

After coming in from the outdoors, wash clothes in high heat and do a full-body tick check.

The Onondaga County Health Department suggests calling your doctor if you find an engorged tick or multiple ticks on your body, find a tick that has been embedded for 2 or more days, or find a bullseye rash at the site of a tick bite.