RHINELANDER - It's another sign spring is here, but not one that's quite as fun as fishing or enjoying the sunshine... we're talking about wood ticks.
As much as we love the onset of spring and the reappearance of the sun, this time of year also brings out one thing we're not so happy to see... wood ticks.
They hide under leaves, in the grass and on branches. And at the height of the season they practically rain down from the treetops.
The last few years Wisconsin has seen an increase in Lyme Disease.
"In 2010 there were 3,495 cases of Lyme Disease in Wisconsin, and that was up 35%," says Anne Ovsak, Assistant Director of the Oneida County Health Department.
The tick removal remedies we heard from our facebook friends ranged from drinking pickle juice, to burning them off.
"My mother would basically screw it out, you know, grab 'em and twist 'em out backwards. Or hit 'em with a match head; a hot match head once you blew it out," says Mitch Mode, Owner of Mel's Trading Post.
"I actually did grow up with burning it; taking a match, lighting it and then Mom sticking it to your skin and watching that tick back out," says Greg Graves, store manager at Mel's Trading Post.
But the health department and the CDC say the simplest method is best.
"The recommendation is to really just use a tweezers and remove it. By putting anything on it you could actually have the tick release more bacteria into your body," says Ovsak.
But there are a lot of measures you can take to prevent the bit in the first place.
"Without a doubt the Permethrin is the most effective. It's sprayed on the clothing, and it will last a minimum of two weeks," says Graves.
Another good tip is to stay on the trails when you're walking through the woods, rather than blazing your own path through thick vegetation where ticks just love to hang out.
"It's always a good idea to tuck in shirts. Tuck in cuffs and socks," says Graves.
It's important to remove a tick immediately, and keep an eye out for symptoms of infection.
"The most common sign you'll see is that bull's-eye rash that starts, headache, fatigue, arthritis-like joint pain," says Ovsak.
Make checking your kids over for ticks part of your nightly routine, so they can stay safe in these warm months to come.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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