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 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.