Spring brings warm weather, longer days, and the start of fun outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also brings ticks.
And it seems like this year could be especially bad. Experts believe that dreary and wet weather could lead to a big tick season.
The Bug Barometer, a seasonal forecast of pest activity and pressure that is performed by the National Pest Management Association two times a year, indicates that this spring will be especially rainy and cold across all of the United States.
The result is will likely be an unusually high number of ticks.
Jim Fredericks, PhD is the chief entomologist at the National Pest Management Association.
He pointed out that regions everywhere in the nation were either unseasonably warm or cold during the last winter.
One thing that was seen everywhere was excessive moisture. He feels that continued rain that is predicted for most of the country will create the perfect situation for pest populations to thrive.
Since this includes the tick population, many are concerned about the spread of Lyme disease.
About 300,000 cases are reported to the Center for Disease Control each year. Additionally, illnesses transmitted by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes have tripled, with more than half of them being caused by ticks.
Deer ticks spread Lyme disease. They are so tiny that they can be difficult to identify. It is good to take precautions to protect yourself and family from deer ticks.
Ticks are usually found in areas that are damp. Be careful when you are in grassy or wooded areas, including your yard. Remove plants from your yard that ticks like or that create shady areas where they would breed.
Wear light-colored clothing in order to identify ticks more easily. Protect your skin by wearing closed toe shoes, socks, and long pants.
After you have spent time outside, examine your clothing and remove any ticks that you see. When you go outside, use repellent that contains at least 20 percent DEET.
Don’t forget that ticks love pets. After walking your dog, examine the dog as well. If you find a tick on you or your pet, use tweezers to remove it.
Grasp of the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and then use steady pressure to remove it.