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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- The sun is out and so are those pesky chiggers and ticks. With outdoor activities on the agenda this summer there are certain bugs to look out for. Dr. Leslye McGrath with NEA Baptist said this is the time of year when they start to become an issue.

"People can get them working in their garden, yard, out camping, or out in the woods fishing," said McGrath.

Getting bit by a tick can be serious if not handled properly.

"You definitely want to inspect your entire body because if there is a tick there, you want to get it off as soon as possible," she said. "You want to prevent that tick from staying on there long enough for you to have a major illness."

The symptoms of a tick bite will vary from a fever to a serious illness that can affect the entire body. Chiggers aren't nearly as serious but continuous scratching could cause a skin infection.

Whether it be one of your mom's or grandmothers home remedies or some commercial products you can find at your drug store, you just want to minimize the scratching and the itching," said McGrath.

For a list of ways to prevent getting bit click here.

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