Do you like good weather? Do you like walking in forests, or just walking with your dog in the park? You have to think about the protection and get ready for the fight against ticks and fleas because the season is coming!
And the current season will be worse than ever
A tick(ing) time bomb is set to explode.
The most infected areas will be the fields, forests, and yards across the country, as we head into what is expected to be an extremely heavy tick season. Health and insect experts are calling it a perfect storm of conditions coming together to create a tick population explosion because of the mild winter. Specifically, the mild winter has allowed ticks to thrive and emerge earlier than usual. However, this spring those same ticks will be looking for their next blood meal and will turn to the next best thing - humans!
Where are the ticks?
Many places are familiar with ticks and the risks they pose in the Northeast United States, and also a new study was published in February which has pinpointed the states where people have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease in 2020.
In addition to the states from Maine to Virginia, the researchers also identified states in the upper Midwest such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and a small part of Illinois as high-risk regions!! “Emerging risk" regions including the Illinois-Indiana border, the New York-Vermont border, southwestern Michigan and eastern North Dakota.
Recent news reports are showing migration of black-legged ticks into Ohio as well.
“We didn’t have a winter that could impact tick populations and that means our tick season is going to be longer and could potentially be more intense if the temperatures stay in normal ranges for this time of year,” said Justin Talley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock entomologist.
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