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Published May 28, 2013, 08:21 PM

Ticks are out, and they are quite hungry

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Creepy, crawly, blood-sucking ticks. After a long winter, they're out in full force, and quite hungry.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Creepy, crawly, blood-sucking ticks. After a long winter, they're out in full force, and quite hungry.

Around here they're feasting in warm, wet areas. Like the Buffalo River State Park- with campers as their targets.

Brian Nelson- Buffalo River State Park Manager: "You just feel them crawling around."

If you don't want them to latch on.

Nelson: "Just take them off."

You've got to act quickly. With more people making their way outdoors to enjoy the perfect camping weather.

Desrae Twedt- Camper in West Fargo: "We have seen a couple."

The ticks are now fast to follow at Buffalo River State Park.

Nelson: "Just noticed them being a little bit thicker out there."

The ticks like to hide out where you might not even see them, where vegetation is thick, and close to a water source.

Twedt: "We went through the hikes, we walked down to the river."

That's when these tiny tormenters made their way from the tall grasses and brush. Right to the family's black lab Lucy.

Twedt: "I always search her after we've been out"

She's not alone, after such a long winter, the park is receiving more complaints from campers that ever. Saying they walk just feet into the woods, and come out covered.

Twedt: "You don't want them on you."

But if you get them off fast, you can avoid possible deadly consequences like lyme disease.

Twedt: "They can make you sick."

Nelson: "Don't be afraid of them. You still can go out and enjoy the outdoors, just check yourself afterwards."

And make sure if you do pull one out, you get the head along with the whole body.

Nelson says to avoid being bitten, you should wear light colored clothing, use repellents, and do frequent body checks.

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