Climate, acorn cultivation, rodent counts all play a role in tick counts, according to the U of M School of Public Health.
MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. – This is the start of tick season, and experts at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health say warm winters and wet spring leads to an increase.
Health entomologist Jon Oliver says ticks hatch in groups, so it’s not uncommon to find more than one in you or your dog right now.
There are about 20 ticks in Minnesota, including deer ticks that spread Lyme disease. If stuck with you for 24 hours, Oliver says your risk of contracting the disease is low. But the risk increases dramatically by about 40 hours.
The tick infection is also interesting.
“Their forehands looked like hooks and they were hanging on the trail, and as we walked past those hooks connected to our animals no matter what, and that̵7;s how they hitched the ride. ”Explains Matt Ferguson with Rainbow Pest Experts.
Ticks live in overgrown shade and will die if exposed to sunlight and short grass.
“Ticks can’t survive in manicured lawns,” Ferguson said. “They will desiccate as if humans were thrown into the Mojave Desert.”
Oliver also conducted tick surveillance in the Eastern Subways in March.He found 30 ticks over two hours in the other year.He said he normally wouldn’t find that early in the season.Oliver said that might mean there was. Large planting of acorns which can lead to more rodents for ticks to eat.
Deer ticks are more noticeable due to their reddish-brown body.
If you find a parasite stuck to your body, Ferguson says, use a small tweezer to gently pull it out instead of rubbing alcohol or a hot match.
“A lot of things can stress an animal, and instead of retreating, it may regurgitate and make the problem worse,” Ferguson said.
The tick season typically runs through July and peaks again in October.
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