Tis the season for all sorts of things; cold weather, fires and ticks – yes, ticks! April is the beginning of tick season and bug expert, Gerry Marsh says there are a few things we need to be aware of.
“Early spring is when we will start to see the nymphs, which are the baby ticks,” explained Marsh. “Eliminating their habitats can really help with prevention.”
This means getting rid of the things they like, including; tall grass, moist areas and rodents.
“Keeping your grass low and addressing any mice issues is good,” said Marsh. “Ticks like rodents amd small animals, that they can latch onto on trail. They’ll hang out their legs in a waiting position along the path and then they’ll get picked up by a host.”
Ticks will also try to latch on to people. So, if you’re hiking or enjoying any outdoor activities, bug spray and actively checking your clothes before you get back into your car, is important.
“Also, there’s quite a few turkey hunters out there, that lay down in tall grass while they’re hunting,” said Marsh. “Those are going to be key areas that ticks will be and you need to make sure you check yourself real well.”
Ticks are mainly found clinging onto tall grass, shrubs and wooded areas. They can survive both indoors and out throughout multiple seasons but April is the beginning stages to tick season which last through the summer.