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Lyme Disease – Tick Statistics Rising

It’s easy to think that should you be unfortunate enough to be bitten by a tick, the chances of it being infected with Lyme disease or some other tick borne virus may be relatively slim. However, some scary statistics have been revealed that a whopping 50% of ticks tested positive to carrying the Lyme disease bacteria in Onondaga County. Here’s an article with more information on this alarming news.

Nearly 50% of ticks test positive for Lyme bacteria in Onondaga County

At a recent meeting of the Onondaga County Deer and Ticks Management Advisory Committee it was revealed that nearly half of ticks collected and tested carry the Lyme disease bacteria. “I would say it’s the most stunning thing we have found,” said David Skeval, who chairs the committee. “One of the main objectives of these management programs is to reduce contact between affected ticks and humans within the management area,” Skeval said.

With the number of reported cases of Lyme disease, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking preventative measures to protect yourself from ticks. These tiny creatures, can cause misery to many, so we would advise you all to make sure that your tick control is up to date, no matter what part of the United States (or in fact, any part of this insect infested planet) you live in.

Finding 20 ticks in just minutes is something of a concern, and with a high percentage of those ticks being possible carriers of Lyme disease, it’s enough to make you stop and think about the horrors lurking in your back yard. If that’s not enough… not even the cooler climate is deterring these pests.

Does Winter Fend Off Ticks?

Don’t be fooled by dropping temperatures. Ticks may still be active year-long. As fall turns to winter, customers might assume that they can forget about outdoor pests until spring returns. What they don’t realize is that many tick species, and especially the blacklegged (deer) tick, can remain active all winter long.

As the article mentions, there simply is no time of the year where you are safe from ticks. So take preventative measures to protect yourself, your family and your four legged friends. Let’s do what we can to try and stop tick statistics rising.

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