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Veterinarian warns of uptick in pests this summer

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They are small, hard to find, potentially dangerous and experts say they are everywhere this year.

Ticks are expected to be out in full force this summer.

Veterinarian Dan Deciechi said they are out in number they’ve never seen before.

“Worse than even last year. And last year was a dramatic jump from what was considered normal,” Deciechi said. “We think the ticks have evolved and found a way to adapt to the soil and reproduce and endure the winter months.”

He said not only are their numbers higher, they are spreading illness like Lyme disease even faster.

“It is scary. And it is often more scary for the human side than the veterinary side,” Deciechi said.

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This uptick in numbers and disease has his office at Fohey Veterinary Hospital in Clio packed.

“We’re having several per day of folks that need help getting the ticks off or evaluating what kind of tick it is,” Deciechi said.

One of his visitors is Carrie and her dog Lacey. She received a tick prevention treatment on her dog, but not because she found one on Lacey.

“No, I did on me,” Carrie said.

Deciechi is expecting even more visitors with Memorial Day weekend coming up.

He said don’t let the rise in these pests tick you off just yet.

“It’s nothing that isn’t manageable and isn’t handleable if we take the proper precautions,” Deciechi said.

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