There's a new tick alert that directly affects Missouri. It's a vile disease-spreading little critter that's a threat to both humans and animals and there are specific things you need to watch out for thanks to a bulletin from the government.
Summer is a great time of the year, primarily because there are so many fun things to do. Swimming, boating, campfires, cookouts, concerts, time spent on the lake, fairs, festivals, my list goes on and on, BUT I hate summer for three very specific reasons...
We've talked before about how Illinois has remarkably few things that can sting, bite, suck the blood out of, or otherwise hurt you. Sure, there are a few rattlesnakes in parts of the state, some bark scorpions hang out in our forested areas, and we've got deer ticks, but otherwise we're pretty creepy-crawly free in the Land of Lincoln.
Hold on there, Mother Nature. I think I speak for most Illinoisans when I say it was bad enough dealing with deer ticks and the possibility of contracting Lyme Disease. Do we really need another blood-sucking, virus spreading, creepy-crawly here in Illinois?