Despite harsh winter, tick count expected to grow

KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Summer is here and tick season is fast approaching.

The University of Rhode Island’s tick expert and Director of the URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease, Tom Mather, says that even though you may have trouble noticing the tiny deer ticks in the woods, there are “really a lot of them out there right now.” The nymphal deer tick counts are 85 percent higher than average over the past 5 years.

Mather explains, “When tick counts are this high, it usually means there will be a higher than average occurrence of tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease, human babesiosis, and anaplasmosis.”

It is important to take tick precautions by:

  • Wearing tick repellent clothing
  • Having a shady area of the yard that is treated with tick killer
  • Keep your pets protected

You can find tick protecting products on URI’s TickEncounter website.

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