OSCEOLA COUNTY — Summertime is a great time for enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Michigan. However, outdoor activities may increase your exposure to ticks that cause Lyme disease, especially in areas of the state that have a higher tick population.
The best advice is to not avoid outdoor activities, but rather learn how to reduce your risk for exposure to the black legged tick, formerly known as the deer tick. The black legged tick has been found in much of the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan and in the western Upper Peninsula. It’s normally found in wooded and grassy areas, sandy soils and on a variety of small mammals and deer. The black legged tick has been identified to transmit Lyme disease, and several other tickborne diseases, to humans.