CDC: 2017 Worst Year For Ticks
Posted on November 29 2018
The CDC announced this week that 2017 was the worst year for tick-borne illnesses reported by homeowners, gardeners, hikers and campers. While 2018 is coming to a close, it's time to circle back and have the tick talk:
Ticks are a year-round problem; and now that cold weather is here, outdoor enthusiasts may feel like they are in the clear from spotting ticks.
As long as temperatures remain above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) then ticks remain a concern. For now, ticks will seek warmth and shelter underneath rocks, leaves, firewood and on warm-blooded mammals.
Homeowners should not move firewood close to homes to avoid ticks being brought into houses. When outside, individuals should wear bright colored clothing (preferably long sleeve shirts) to easily spot ticks.
Tick activity will slow down in the winter; but this doesn't mean tick checks on the body aren't a priority.