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Climate Change Brings Ticks

Jennifer Smith

Posted on June 28 2018

Tick activity is highest in the spring and summer months; but because of changes in climate, there are an increase in ticks throughout the years.

With shorter winters, and warmer springs, ticks are seen more often in grassy and wooded areas where dog walkers, hikers, campers and gardeners are out enjoying the great outdoors. 

While tick activity will slow down in fall and winter, tick bites are a year-round concern. The only ways to rid ticks from yards is to spray landscapes with tick repellents. When gardening, apply tick spray on clothes, not body parts. (DEET, and other chemicals, are not recommended on the skin.)

Additionally, tick disease prevention at home is a must including the use of a deer fence around landscapes. Deer are the number one carriers of ticks in the United States; and it's best to keep them away from gardens for tick disease prevention