Doctors seeing more tick bites this summer

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Tick season is here and doctors are seeing an increase in the number of patients with tick bites and needing to have tics removed.

The warm summer months are prime feeding time for ticks. Ticks in the St. Louis region are believed to able to spread eight different diseases, including Lyme disease.

Doctors at St. Anthony`s Medical Center say you should protect yourself and pets when outdoors.

Dr. Evelyn Young/St. Anthony`s Urgent Care Medical Director 'If you have animals watch closely anytime you go outside do a tick check and it may look as small as mole and you better look it`s probably a tick.'

Doctors also say you should wear long sleeve shirts and pants when walking in wooded or grassy areas.