Experts Believe Drought, Pandemic Could Be Cause For Increased Tick Sightings In Utah

It’s no surprise that more people have been spending time outside, enjoying the scenery in the wake of the pandemic, but in Utah, there are also more reports of people and their pets unwittingly taking ticks home with them. 

Consider these tips to avoid coming in contact with ticks:

    • Avoid areas where ticks and their food sources are abundant, i.e., grassy and bushy areas along the edges of woodlands and fields, from March to mid-July.
    • Apply tick repellant to clothing before entering tick habitat.
    • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks. While this is helpful, ticks are still capable of finding their way beneath clothing. Wear light-colored clothes to make it easier to detect and remove ticks.
    • Conduct tick checks. Ticks usually take a few hours or more to find a feeding location and insert their mouthparts. Frequent examinations for ticks on the body can keep them from beginning to feed. Ticks are small, so check everywhere on your body, including armpits, waistline, belly button, scalp and crotch areas.

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KSL TV

Experts Believe Drought, Pandemic Could Be Cause For Increased Tick Sightings In Utah

CONTACT

Scott Bernhardt

Professional Practice Assistant Professor - Utah State University Biology Department

(435) 797-3721
Scott.Bernhardt@usu.edu

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