Summertime is hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking time. It also is tick time. The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds those visiting conservation areas to take time to prevent tick bites.
Ticks can transmit diseases, including ehrlichiosis, tularemia, anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). The risk of contracting these illnesses is small but serious, so it is worth taking a few simple precautions to avoid them.