The Oklahoma Tick Invasion Has Begun so Beware & Protect Yourself This Summer
Doctors and health experts across the state are warning Oklahomans about the recent increase in ticks, especially Lonestar Tick populations and activity. This spring and summer you'll want to protect yourself.
PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, AND PETS FROM TICKS THIS SUMMER
If bitten you could have a severe, possibly life-threatening reaction that could have long-term health effects. Any tick is bad, but the Lonestar Tick has already caused infections in people across the Sooner State.
Any tick bite and be dangerous and cause severe reactions and illness so be aware
I've heard of the Lonestar Tick and I've even seen them before, but I thought they carried Lyme Disease. As it turns out they carry bacteria that can cause severe reactions, swelling, rash, and all kinds of other symptoms called STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness). That's just the beginning of what these things can do.
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Not only that some people who are bitten by the Lonestar Tick come down with AGS (Alpha-gal Syndrome). It's a severe allergy to red meats and all products made from mammals including milk and milk products. Those who suffer from AGS can have reactions that can be life-threatening, similar to other food allergies.
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KOCO News Channel 5 (ABC) out of Oklahoma City, OK. did a featured story and article on the Lonestar Tick a while back in 2022. This is how I found out that they can carry something even worse than Lyme Disease.
THE DREADED LONESTAR TICK CAN CARRY HARMFUL BACTERIA & MORE
I can't even imagine what it would be like to have AGS and never be able to enjoy a steak, hamburger, hotdog, or even a glass of milk without becoming violently ill and possibly dying from it. All I eat is red meat, I'd be totally screwed. So the plan going forward is to never be biten by a Lonestar Tick and avoid them at all costs.
They're creeping around just about everywhere so protect yourself from ticks
Unfortunately, Oklahoma is listed as one of the few states where Lonestar Ticks can be found and where they are active. So how do you protect yourself and your family and pets? Ticks can be found any time of the year and season but they are most active and prevalent during the spring and summer months.
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Since we'll all be spending lots of time outdoors over the next couple of months what can you do to avoid being bitten? Ticks love the woods, tall grass, and areas with lots of vegetation they can hide in. When you're in places like this you'll want to wear pants, long sleeves, and use insect spray that contains DEET.
Visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for helpful tips on how to protect yourself and prevent tick bites, click here to learn more. Be on the lookout for ticks especially Lonestar Ticks.