Unfortunately, people throughout the state of Michigan are starting to see more ticks. In Washtenaw County, WDIV recently reported an increase in deer tickets. To the north, 9&10 news is reporting that Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties have also seen an increase in tick activity. With the increase in tick sightings, here's a list of Michigan's Five Most Common Ticks:

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Here's information from the CDC on what you should do if you discover a tick attached to your skin:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.

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