Tick Season never ends

Victoria Lamoureux

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Deer ticks are becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the Northeastern part of the United States, especially in Upstate New York. They can transmit Lyme disease that can cause severe joint pain, as well as other problems for life, if not treated quickly. In order to prevent Lyme disease and other potentially life threatening diseases, awareness needs to be raised about prevention and protection from ticks. 

Tick season is from March to mid-May and from August to November, however, they can be active any time the temperature is above freezing, which a majority of the year. Nymphs are the smallest tick size and are only as big as a poppy seed and often look like freckles. People who spend large amounts of time outside or in contact with elements from the environment are at a greater risk. It is important to note that ticks will only transfer to a host through direct contact. In order to prevent ticks, take these measures:

  • Avoid contact with soil and vegetation
  • Wear long clothing that covers as much surface area as possible 
  • Wear enclosed shoes
  • Tuck pants into socks when hiking or gardening 
  • Wear light-colored clothing so that ticks are easy to spot
  • Check exposed skin often for ticks
  • After returning indoors, thoroughly check for ticks on the body                                                                                   
  • Use insect repellent
  • Stay out of long grass

 

Reference:

Zucker, M.D., Commissioner , Howard. “Be Tick Free – A Guide for Preventing Lyme Disease.”                                                                https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2825/.