If you thought the colder winter weather would do away with ticks for a while, you thought wrong. Turns out these blood suckers and disease spreaders will stick around.
Darien Daily Voice spoke with Debra Adler-Klein, M.D., a board-certified internist and infectious disease expert about what to expect over the next few months. Unfortunately, it looks like we might not see a reprieve from ticks this year.
“Many people mistakenly believe that tick season ends at Labor Day, but in fact, the danger of tick bites extends well into the fall and even the winter if the weather stays warm.”
These cretins need warm weather to survive and since we heard promises of a mild winter… Yeah. Things don’t sound so great for those concerned about Lyme disease. Or any tick-transmitted illness for the matter because we can’t seem to get rid of these things.
Also, warmer weather means a better chance for mice (the designated tick taxis of the world) to survive. So, if they enjoy a mild winter like last year’s, we might have a bigger tick problem come next spring.
That’s what happened last winter, which explains why tick season seemed absolutely chaotic this year. Plus, people dealt with an increased threat of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme and Powassan.
And, all Taylor Swift references aside, it appears we aren’t out of the woods yet. Tick season typically lasts throughout the fall and into the early winter. But, if the weather keeps up with these persistently abnormally high temperatures, these guys won’t go away.
So, if you head outside, keep up with those tick checks on you, your family, and your pets before going indoors. Also, it doesn’t hurt to keep stocking up on tick repellent to keep them from climbing onto you during your autumn hikes or yard work.
Also, you might want to take the bird feeders down since birds can transport ticks. Plus, bears remain a bit of a threat due to them stocking up for the winter so you may just want to keep them down until they go into hibernation.
Lastly, if a tick manages to bite you, remove it with a pair of tweezers and clean the area with hydrogen peroxide. A tick needs to stay latched for 24 hours to transmit Lyme, so don’t think you’re automatically infected. If you develop a bulls’ eye rash, that’s when you should contact your doctor.
Anyways, here’s hoping we see some colder weather soon so we can finally be tick-free for a few months. Plus, it’ll reduce our chances of becoming a tick metropolis again.
Do you think next year’s tick season will be as bad as this years?