Ticks expected at a higher rate this year

Hampden County

Tick season isn’t going to be average this year.  As is predicted to be the case with mosquitoes, this season, tick populations are predicted to skyrocket.

22News spoke with Natasha Wright, an entomologist with Braman Termite and Pest Elimination specialists to find out why. 

“So when you have a mild winter, a lot of the times um mosquitoes and lots of other insects aren’t dying from the cold frost. So more of them are surviving, and then as the warm weather picks up, you’re getting a lot of mosquitoes, a lot of ticks, a lot more insects now than you would see normally,” Wright said. 

Local ticks can bring Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but there are ways to avoid that.

Use a repellent with DEET, and wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants. Wear high socks, too, when walking in grass. 

Check yourself and your children daily, especially in overlooked areas such as your ears, groin, and armpit. For pets, check daily in between toes and behind their ears.

If you find a tick, the best way to remove it is to pull straight up with a tweezer at the base of the bug as close to the skin as you can.

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