Warm springtime temperatures means more South Dakotans are getting outside – enjoying the outdoors can also mean encountering ticks. Health officials say anyone that is outdoors in tall grass or in a wooded area should thoroughly check themselves, children, and pets for ticks.
Mike Birgenheir is a Physician’s Assistant at Regional Urgent Care in Rapid City. He says if a tick has attached itself, get it off immediately. But, he says, scrubbing it off with chemicals doesn’t work.