West Tennessee man gets more than 200 seed tick bites all over his body


NEW TONIGHT. A SIMPLE FAVOR ENDS WITH A TENNESSEE MAN GETTING HUNDREDS OF TICK BITES ALL OVER HIS BODY.. AS KELSEY GIBBS REPORTS — THAT MAN — NOW HAS A WARNING IF YOU PLAN ON SPENDING ANY TIME OUTSIDE. INSECT REPELLANT IS ONE THE BEST PROTECTIONS AGAINST BUG BITES LIKE TICKS. BUT, IT’S THE ONE THING A MID-STATE MAN FORGOT TO PUT ON WHEN HE WENT OUT IN THE WOODS. 01:04:49 THEY WERE THERE ALL OVER MY LEGS. FURMAN YORK WANTED TO DO A FAVOR FOR HIS FRIEND WHO NEEDED TO MOVE TRACTOR IN DICKSON COUNTY. 01:04:10 I TOOK HIM OUT IN SHORTS AND VERY SHORT SHOES AND WE GO OUT AND GET HIS TRACTOR STARTED; AND I START WALKING ALONG THE EDGE OF THE DIRT ROAD AND THEY’RE PINE TREES, AND I SHOULD’VE KNOWN. IN THE TALL WOODED GRASS… WAS AN INSECT READY TO BITE… 01:04:33 I CAME HOME, I TOOK SHOWER AND MY ANKLES WERE ITCHING AND I LOOKED DOWN AND MY LEGS WERE COVERED WITH TINY LITTLE DOTS. THOSE TINY DOTS — THE SIZE OF A POPPY SEED… ARE SEED TICKS. 01:05:47 I HAD SO MANY I KNEW I HAD TO GET ON AN ANTIBIOTIC RIGHT AWAY. UT’S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE SAYS ALL OF THE COMMON TICKS OF TENNESSEE HAVE FOUR LIFE STAGES: EGG, LARVA, NYMPH AND ADULT. THE SEED TICK IS THE SECOND STAGE OF LIFE. THE TICKS CLIMBS ONTO THE NEAREST VEGETATION AND WAITS FOR AN ANIMAL OR PERSON TO PASS BY AND BITE. 01:04:52 AT FIRST, I DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE TICKS AND I LOOKED UNDER THE MAGNIFY GLASS AND THERE WERE THE LITTLE LEGS. YORK WAS ABLE TO SCRAPE OFF AS MANY TICKS AS HE COULD BUT HE WON’T LET THIS ONE INCIDENT TAKE A BITE OUT OF HIS JOY FOR THE OUTDOORS. 01:09:56 IS IT GOING TO HOLD ME BACK, NO; IT’S GOING TO LET ME KNOW IF I TAKE A SMALL TRIP I’M GOING TO HAVE BOOTS ON, I’M GOING TO SPRAY EVERYWHERE AND I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE” YOU’RE WATCHING NEWS CHANNEL 11

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