Tick Season Starts

Experts expect more ticks this season

Tick Season is Here
May 29, 2012

Twin Tiers (WENY) - The mild winter wasn't just nice for Twin Tiers residents, it was perfect for insects, too, and as a result, health officials expect there will be a lot more bugs to deal with this summer. So protecting yourself from ticks is something to keep in mind. The black legged tick, also known as the deer tick, only needs to be on your body for 24 hours to transfer Lyme disease into the blood stream. It's that time of year again when we all go outside to enjoy nice weather, a dip in the pool or a hike in the woods, but make sure to check yourself afterward. With the nice weather coming, checking yourself after doing any outside activities is important.

Jabe Warren, the from Cornell Cooperative Extension says the mild winter has left behind more ticks than other years.“We're entering the season with higher than normal population,” Warren said. “We've got a reduced mouse population this year and that's further compounding the problem because these ticks are out looking for hosts.”

Tompkins County Environmental Health Department saw a 60 percent increase in 2010, when 70 cases of Lyme disease were reported. Last year, that number jumped to over 100. “If you find a tick on your body, remove it right away,” said Tom Kump, the Director of Environmental Health Services with the Chemung Co. Health Department. ”One of the first things people will notice is a bulls eye type of rash on the skin.”

If a rash occurs, see the doctor as soon as possible, but the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to take precautions when going outside by wearing bug spray, long sleeves and pants.