Tick Season in The Wabash Valley

Tick season will soon be underway. Here's what you need to know.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 7:42 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2019 11:32 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - With warmer temperatures just around the corner, you're not the only one who wants to get outside and enjoy the weather.

"We're rapidly approaching tick season. I would say sometime into april, definitely into may, you're going to see the emergence of ticks."

Dr. Peter Coppinger is a Biologist at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He says ticks are more common in wooded areas, but they can be found just as easily around your home.

"Ticks are everywhere. They can be in your back yard, but we often see them in the woods, deep woods. So if you're looking for morels, you might wanna keep an eye out."

There are two different species of ticks. The dog tick is larger and easier to see, however the smaller ones can cause bigger problems.

"The smaller one is called the black legged tick, or the deer tick. Those are the ones that cause the most trouble because they can carry lime disease."

One of the ways to guard yourself against ticks is to use bug spray that contains deet. Some bug repellents have it, some don't.

Another way is to wear light colored clothing.

"One of the ways that you can prevent getting ticks is to wear light colored pants. Not because the ticks are deterred, it's just that you can see them more easily and pick them off."

So as long as you keep your eye out, and check yourself after a day in the woods, you can enjoy these temperatures worry free.

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