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Protecting yourself against a tick takeover

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Ticks carry several parasite diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (Source: WECT) Ticks carry several parasite diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

According to Wilmington pest control companies, calls about ticks are higher than ever.

"One client called us and said they were falling out of her trees," Brian Bostick, owner
of the Mosquito Squad said. "If that happens we can get there right away and get this taken care of."

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the New Hanover County Health Department are distributing signs to area parks reminding people to check themselves for ticks after exiting the woods.

Ticks carry several parasite diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which is a common tick bourne disease in North Carolina. Lyme disease is also a tick bourne illness.

Wilmington surfer Andrew Silvangi contracted Lyme disease 11 years ago. Since than he's been treated multiple times. He remains positive throughout his struggle, but still warns people to beware of ticks.

"It put an obstacle in my life and it hindered me for a little while but it's nothing I can't handle," Silvagni said. "You learn to appreciate the little things in life. You do have to take these infectious diseases seriously."

If you do find a tick on you, remove it with tweezers. Pull the tick out straight and do not twist. See a doctor if a red bulls-eye type rash develops. For more information on tick bourne diseases visit the New Hanover County Health Department.

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