‘Don’t let your guard down during mild weather,’ Lyme disease expert says

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – While ticks are most active in spring and summer, they’re taking advantage of the mild November weather.

“Don’t let your guard down. They are out there. The adults are looking for their final blood meals of the season,” said Heather Hearst of Project Lyme, an awareness effort designed to help people protect themselves against the disease.

Hearst says ticks like to hide in leaf piles, so you need to be careful when you’re working in the yard.

She also says symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to having a cold or flu. She says people need to take all necessary precautions and protect themselves.

“If you know that you have been in an area that has ticks, it would be good to get your clothes off as soon as you come inside and put them in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes,” she said.

She says people check their entire body for ticks and do the same for their pets.

Pennsylvania is among states with the highest number of tick-related illnesses.

For more information, visit projectlyme.org.

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