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2014-01-04 at NOON

Freezing out ticks

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

Good news for anyone who likes to spend their summertime in the woods, all this cold weather is bad news for ticks in the region.

Local entomologist Ken Deacon said based on the temperatures so far this winter, the region could see half as many ticks this year. Deacon can only speculate based on what's been brought into the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, which has seen about 1,000 ticks per year brought in over the past two years.

But the region isn't out of the wood just yet as the blacklegged tick, which carries lyme disease, will still be around.

"You have half the risk but you still have risk so you still have to be just as vigilant as you were before," Deacon said.

A week's worth of -20C temperatures should be enough to kill hibernating ticks. But with good snow and leaf coverage some will survive, especially when they're in the ground where it's warmer.

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uordah says:
will the cold have the same affect on mosquitoes? (please say 'yes', please say 'yes')
1/4/2014 5:02:24 PM
anvil of crom says:
no...
1/5/2014 11:51:31 PM
Richard Pollack says:
Too cold for black-legged ticks? Perhaps, but I'd bet otherwise. These ticks are well adapted to survive through the winter. We've had considerable experience with these throughout New England and southern Canada for decades. They survive quite well protected by a blanket of leaf litter or snow and in rodent burrows. Extended dry conditions may pose a far greater hazard to the ticks. We'll see what transpires in the coming months.
1/4/2014 5:02:31 PM
rootbear says:
I do a lot of camp but have yet to see a tick. Now black flies? Wish the cold could kill them!
1/4/2014 5:35:05 PM
sky high says:
Too bad the cold couldn't get rid of whiners and cane-shakers! It only seems to bring them out in droves. As for ticks...just wear your deet and everything will be lovely
1/5/2014 10:50:13 AM
moonpie says:
Has it never occurred to you that you are one of the biggest whiners on this site? Oh the things you see when you're on the outside looking in.
1/5/2014 8:03:12 PM
unknowncronik says:
Seems on a walk up thru Mt.McKay last summer @ the old ski lodge, I found a few ticks on my pant leg when I got back to my vehicle...

1/5/2014 6:46:34 PM
rootbear says:
EW-W-W.....GET 'EM OFF GET 'EM OFF!!!
1/6/2014 4:38:52 PM
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