BEND, OR -- As we approach the season of shorts, sandals and outdoor activities, Central Oregonians are urged to take precautions to prevent tick bites. Outdoor expert Gary Lewis says the tiny bugs could cause big problems, in the coming months. "This year, with a mild winter, the chances of encountering ticks out there are much higher. Not all ticks carry Lyme, but some of them do. I think a person should take precautions."
Lewis tells KBND News protection begins with what you wear. "Wear white or light clothing so the bug will show up better, and pull up your socks around your pant-leg if you’re going in grass or brush – that’s the biggest entry point, right there. These are not very fast moving creatures, but they’re sticky."
Ticks are the most common transmitter of Lyme disease, although not all ticks are carriers. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in serious and lasting health effects.