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Heavy rain and high humidity could lead to an increase in mosquitoes and ticks in Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

While some people grabbed an umbrella Tuesday morning, people might have to grab a can of bug spray soon due to the weather conditions.

"Humid conditions and rainfall bring them up on the plants where they're more likely to brush against people," said Matt Combes, with the Department of Conservation.

Dr. Phillip Beck, an infectious disease doctor at Boone Health, says the hospital treats tick bite infections at least once a week. This is why Dr. beck highlights the importance of preventing tick infections, which involves taking precautions before planning outdoor activities. 

"For people outside doing yard work or landscaping/construction... just try and cover your skin with insect repellent, you know check yourself regularly for ticks," said Dr. Beck.

The Department of Conservation also plays a role in preventing the widespread tick and mosquito bites here in Missouri. 

"Controlled burning can actually suppress the tick population for up to three years, so that's another thing that we do a lot of," said Combes.

For more information about how to prevent a tick bite visit this link.

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