Before you begin to enjoy the warm weather be advised it’s predicted 2017 may be a bad year for ticks.
Nick Piedmonte, a tick research graduate from SUNY ESF, says the somewhat mild winter plus an increase in rodents and deer could be the cause.
“You get those booming populations of mice and deer and that can lead to an increase in ticks because they’re more available in carrying more of the tick population,” the tick expert explained. “So you get more ticks feeding and more ticks producing offspring.”
Piedmonte says in Onondaga County roughly one out every five nymph ticks and one out of every two adults have the ability to transmit Lyme disease.
While some research says ticks need to feed for 36 to 48 hours for the disease to transmit Lyme, Piedmonte says there have been cases of early exposure.
Tips to stay safe include:
- Using deet
- Wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors
Popular areas ticks typically head for include the armpits, groin area, behind the ear and hairline.