Summer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there — but scientists say it’s not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.
It’s the season when many families worry about ticks and the diseases they transmit. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness and experts say they are thriving in the U.S.
An earlier tick season may coming in Minnesota. On Friday, the first day of spring, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District raised its “tick risk meter” from medium to high.
Our long, harsh winter did nothing to control the tick population in Minnesota. In fact, the heavy snow insulated the ticks on all those days the temperatures dipped below zero. But as nasty as they are, Cuyuna has found one redeeming quality.
It’s that time of year when ticks are plentiful and the risk of tick-borne disease is high. Our snowy winter did not hurt ticks. Instead it’s believed the snow insulated them from the cold.
We aren’t the only ones to survive the latest round of brutal winters — turns out, the heavy snow and frigid temperatures actually helped the survival of ticks that can carry disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Cabin country in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is considered ground zero for one of the fastest growing infectious diseases: Lyme disease. Cases in both states are among the highest in the country, but the controversy surrounding how to treat the tick-borne disease is growing. It’s torn families apart and pit patients against mainstream medicine.
If you’re just returning from a trip to the cabin, you know summer tick season is in full swing. With that comes the threat of infection, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota is one of the leading states for tick infection.
Just because we’ve had an extended winter this spring, doesn’t mean we’ll be bug-free when warmer weather does finally roll around.
We’ve had to put up with plenty of heat, but also plenty of pests this summer.
It looks like the deer tick season has arrived early this year — along with the diseases it causes.
There are 13 species of ticks lurking in Minnesota lawns and our forests. So, is there anything good about ticks? Good Question.
A mild winter and an early spring mean we could see an increase in Lyme disease cases this year.
The early arrival of spring also means the early arrival of all those pesky bugs.
Researchers who dragged sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map pinpointing the highest-risk areas for Lyme disease.
A Minnesota woman leading the fight to pull common pet products from stores shelves is one step closer to her goal.
A Northern Minnesota woman has died from a brain infection due to Powassan virus, marking the state’s first death from the tick-borne disease.