Here’s Your 2021 Tick Forecast for Central Minnesota
THEY'VE ALREADY ARRIVED
I've already had a friend of mine tell me that she was doing some spring cleaning, and found a tick on her the next day. The especially bad news is she has Lyme Disease.
According to Pests.org, the warmer temperatures expected this year are going to prolong the tick season, and wetter conditions will make ticks more widespread than usual.
The tick season usually begins in late April, but as I've stated, the warmer temps have changed that, and you need to be careful when you're outside already this season. The tick season should end in early October; however, it doesn't mean that you should let your guard down.
WHAT TYPE OF TICKS LIVE IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA?
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter what type of tick lives here. If you have a tick and you find it, get it off of you. The ticks we typically see here in central Minnesota included:
- Deer ticks
- Brown dog ticks
- American dog ticks
- Lone star ticks
The Great Lakes region of the country sees more Lyme Disease cases than any other part of the country. If summer heat lingers, which it is expected to this year, it could extend our tick season well into November.
TICK DISEASES TO BE AWARE OF
Lyme Disease is not the only disease you need to be wary of; you could also get Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Tularemia. What?!
If you'd like more information about ticks and other pests that are problematic for our area, click HERE now.