Tick Season

TicksVERMONT- As the warmer months start to approach many animals and insects come out from hiding. One species in particular can be very dangerous to not only humans but animals as well. Ticks are commonly misinterpreted as being insects, they are actually a member of the arachnid family and are even considered to have traits of a scorpion. They are considered to be part of the arachnid family because of the number of legs that they have.

Ticks have been around for many years and used to be more common in warmer climates, however in recent years the climate has forced them to make other plans. In recent years ticks have not been dying off during the winter as they usually do.

 

“I would say it’s probably due to climate change, there is more warm weather and ticks are migrating with that”, said Coulson.


Ticks are becoming more common in New England and especially in Vermont. According to the CDC Vermont currently has the highest rate of Lyme disease in the United States. Vermont having 10 times the national average.


“Ticks can be quite dangerous because there are several different species causing anything from blood disease to much worse conditions. There are several diseases that can be spread in Vermont”, said Infection Preventionist Jim Coulson.

There are many different species of ticks that live in Vermont and all across the United States. The most common tick that is found in Vermont is called the Blacklegged tick. The Blacklegged tick feeds on blood to survive. Most of the time they are found on Whitetail deer but often they will find their way to humans and other animals as well.


This specific specie of tick can transmit a variety of diseases such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis,and babesiosis to name a few. These diseases are the most common carried by the Blacklegged tick.


Blacklegged ticks are most commonly found in the woods or tall grass and shrubs. If you go into the woods the best way to avoid getting bit is to wear long pants and long sleeves. Other precautions that can be taken include wearing bright colored clothing and tucking pant legs into socks.


“If you can take it off, put it in a bag or something and take it to your provider they can probably help with that”, said Coulson.

If you do happen to find a tick on you ,remove it, when removing the body of the tick make sure you get the head as well. After you remove the tick place it in a bag and consult with your doctor. Your doctor can analyze whether the tick is going to cause illness.