Large nest of ticks spot­ted near East Coulee.

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley

ates an op­por­tu­nity to brush them off be­fore they have the chance to at­tach.

If you do hap­pen to get bit by a tick and see it still at­tached, look at defin­ing fea­tures, es­pe­cially the mouth piece. Der­ma­cen­tor’s will have short mouth pieces so all you need to do is grab a fine set of tweez­ers and pinch and pull right at the mouth piece.

The ixodes on the other hand have a longer mouth­piece and can re­main in the skin. What you need to then do is use those tweez­ers and hold the mouth­piece with a con­stant pres­sure so the bug will then re­lease its hold.

“You have to be sort of hy­per sus­pi­cious,” said Sper­ling. The rea­son Sper­ling de­cided to go back to school af­ter 25 years was be­cause of her son who was di­ag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease. She felt there was not enough re­search go­ing on in the right ar­eas of the dis­ease.

Both Clark and Sper­ling be­lieves that oth­ers ‘should be aware’ of the dan­gers that ticks can pos­sess.

Sper­ling en­cour­ages any­one who finds ticks to send them her way at 9131 118 St. NW, Ed­mon­ton, AB, T1G 1T6.

She will ex­am­ine and use the ticks for more data which could pos­si­bly help un­der­stand more about Lyme dis­ease.

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