Are Ticks Out During Cold Weather?
It is time for tick season again. Even though it is still cold in many places, all those ticks under the snow or frozen under the leaves are just waiting for a little warm up. Ticks have a devilish adaptation that allows them to be active even in the deep of winter. “They’ve been on this planet for 120 million years. They lived through the ice age,” so the coldest winters don’t stop them says Larry Dapsis, an entomologist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Ticks’ bodies contain glycerol, which is chemically very similar to ethylene glycol, or antifreeze. Ticks can be covered in ice or buried in snow, but when temperatures rise above freezing, they become active again. The only thing that stop ticks from moving is real cold weather and deep snow pack. They will not climb up through the snow.
Three Factors That Determine Your Risk for Lyme Disease
I was reading a reading an NPR article yesterday on Ticks and Lyme Disease: 3 Factors Determine your risk of infection. Of all the different ticks out there and all the new diseases they are discovering from tick bites of which Lyme disease is the major one, there are only 2 ticks that transmit Lyme disease. They are the blacklegged tick or deer tick and the Western Blacklegged tick. The blacklegged tick is found throughout the US east of the Rocky Mountains and the Western Blacklegged tick is found west of the Rockies.
Lyme’s Disease & Tick Removal
Lyme’s disease and other disease from ticks are a big issue these days. Each year there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme’s disease and the number is growing across the country. Precaution and awareness are big steps in helping prevent the many diseases from ticks.