Report: Look Out for More Lyme Disease This Summer
Memorial weekend is here and most of us will be getting outdoors, but beware!
Advice: Stock up on insect repellents!
A new report from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire shows that there is a larger population of deer ticks this season. That means there are more tiny carriers of Lyme disease we need to be aware of.
It’s possible this isn't just the case for the stateline area, but for any area where deer ticks exist. Even though much of the united States experienced a winter with more extended cold periods than normal, experts say this cold was not enough to kill off a large population of ticks.
An entomologist from the University of Wisconsin says that deer ticks have now adapted to the cold winters. This has enabled them to survive the extreme temperatures that normally reduce insect populations.
More ticks = More Lyme disease carriers this summer.
It is estimated that 35 percent of ticks carry Lyme disease
That will make it even more important this year for people to use insect repellants, avoid overgrown vegetation and do regular checks to avoid tick bites. Like Brad Paisley once sang: "I want to check you for Ticks"