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New 'TickTracker' app helps fight ticks

TickTracker app provides information about where ticks have been spotted as well as tips for how to safely remove one. Special to The Forum

A new app could help you keep wood ticks away.

The TickTracker app displays areas nearby where others have spotted ticks.

You can also go on and tell where you've seen a bug.

And if you get one stuck to you, the app offers a helpful guide on how to pick them off.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, deer ticks — also known as blacklegged ticks" are the most common type of tick in this area.

It sticks to low-growing plants - you'll most likely get one on your ankles or feet.

But North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologist Doug Leier says they're not just in the deep woods, people can get them simply walking around the park.

"Just to think that you live in a metropolitan area that you don't have to worry, you should be aware of ticks no matter where you live," Leier said.

If you do get one, health experts say, don't panic.

Last year, there were only 56 known cases of lyme disease in North Dakota.

In Minnesota, the latest data from 2016 shows about 1,300 cases throughout the year.

But even then, North Dakota Department of Health Field Epidemiologist Brenton Nesemeier said lyme disease is very treatable, although there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for.

"It's that classic bullseye rash, but you also may have fevers, chills, some joint pains, but typically you'll just see that rash," Nesemeier said.

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