Despite subzero temperatures this winter, ticks—and the pathogens they carry—are still a concern for West Virginia residents as warm weather settles in around the state. West Virginia University Extension Service entomology specialist Daniel Frank recommends using an integrated approach to help limit tick exposure this season. Some easy steps for protection include dressing appropriately, managing the landscape around the home and using insecticides, if necessary.
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“The most effective method for protecting oneself from ticks is to regularly check your body. The probability of a tick transmitting a disease-causing pathogen increases the longer an infected tick is attached — for instance in the case of Lyme disease, ticks must be attached for at least 36 to 48 hours.”— Daniel Frank, WVU Extension Service entomology specialist
“It can be difficult to predict how severe ticks will be in a given year. A lot of people think that because we’ve had a cold winter, it may cause higher mortality of the tick population, but that’s not necessarily always the case. Snow cover can insulate ticks from cold temperatures. The earth naturally radiates heat, as well, which can allow ticks to survive.”— Daniel Frank
WVU Extension Service Pests: Ticks
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