Come on, can’t we just get one little break? After all, we only seem to hear nonstop bad news about the weather and taxes. Now, Mother Nature wants to screw us with a tick explosion during our ephemeral summer months?
CBS Connecticut broke the bad news about what we nutmeggers should expect in the coming months. Dr. Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rhode Island’s tick-borne disease center, explained:
“It’s very important because around here it’s the worst for Lyme disease more than anywhere else in the nation.”
So, sorry to say but chances of coming down with Lyme look just as high as last year’s. Not only that, but you need to watch out for other serious tick-borne illnesses.
This tick explosion should happen soon, too. During the warmer months, ticks begin invading grassy areas and hitching rides on wild animals.
Which means that people should give their outdoor pets a strict tick-check before letting them inside.
The issue is, ticks are hard to spot when they first latch on. Especially nymphs. So be sure to scrutinize every inch.
Dr. Mike Hutchinson explained:
“You could have ten ticks on a dog and it would be hard to find them. The classic areas are inside the ear flaps, under the armpits, inside the groin. Those are easier places to find ticks.”
This also goes for the homeowners and children, too. If you notice a bullseye rash anywhere on your body, make sure to tell your primary care doctor.
Lyme Disease leaves symptoms almost like the flu at first, but then spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system if left untreated.
To reduce the risk of a tick bite, wear long sleeves and pants when doing yard work. It also helps to wear repellent. UConn recently issued other handy tick-repelling tips HERE.
Also, if you have THIS PLANT in your garden, you should remove it ASAP because they double as a haven for ticks.
But, unfortunately, that still might not be enough to protect you. So, be vigilant and proactive when it comes to checking your body for these little critters whenever you go outside.
Either way, New England will see extremely high tick activity this year. So, in other words, a tick explosion.
How do you keep the ticks from biting you?