Spring weather means some dangerous critters out in the parks

Mosquitoes, rattlesnakes and ticks may be out this upcoming weekend, so hikers are urged to take caution.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 7:37 AM

With warm weather to look forward to this weekend, it's looking like the perfect time to get outside and hit the trails.

But, if that's your plan, be on the look out for some other creatures enjoying the sunshine.

Chico city park ranger James LeDonne says we need to first be aware of the blood-suckers: mosquitos, which carry West Nile and Saint Louis Encephalitis, and the infamous tick.

Current conditions mean ticks are pretty active right now and brush is thick and high throughout the parks from last year's rainfall.

So, stay on the trails and check yourself and your animals after you go for a walk.

Ticks are more than just a nuisance - they can transmit blood-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease.

LeDonne says park visitors also need to be on the lookout for snakes, rattlesnakes in particular, which just love basking in the Spring sunshine.

Rattlesnake bites can be debilitating or even deadly and the best way to avoid a surprise encounter is to stay on the trails so you can see what's ahead of you.

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