Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Posted on 2/2/14

tick 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/25/13) – They’re Back! Yeah, those nasty little critters that like to latch on and spread their diseases. Perhaps, due to the mild winter we’ve had this year, the ticks are already multiplying in considerable amounts.
 
Over the last ten years, the tick population has been steadily growing, and it’s not just more ticks. Its more ticks in more places. There are many reasons why ticks and their diseases are spreading ; warmer winters, suburbanization, increase in white-tail deer, migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas, the use of fewer insecticides, and the movement towards preservation of open spaces and replanting of trees. The winters in the United States have been much milder than they were over 20 years ago and without those long harsh winters, the ticks are not dying off. Several ticks that were once abundant in the South have now migrated to the North. The temperatures have to be at least 10 Degrees Fahrenheit and stay that way for a while in order for a tick to die. Temperatures that range over 40 Degrees Fahrenheit, ticks will become active. In some cases, some ticks are just not bothered by the cold at all. Even in areas that the snow is sufficient, the snow can serve as a blanket. Since there has been a decrease in mass sprayings of insecticides and preservation of open spaces, ticks are a major cause of vector-borne diseases in the United States which can be very troublesome. Ticks have spread through about half the country and in some states they have overlapped.
 
Here in Kentucky, the American Dog, Lone Star, and the Blacklegged Ticks are the ones to watch out for. The American Dog Tick is the most commonly encountered by humans. As an adult, the ticks can get as large as a watermelon seed. As its name suggests, its mostly found on our pets and is the primary vector of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can be seriously life-threatening if left unattended. The Lone Star Tick is the only tick other than the American Dog tick to be encountered by humans in Kentucky. It is similar in size and appearance as the American Dog. However, the adult females have a large white dot on their dorsal side. They are also known as “seed ticks” or “turkey ticks” and are not associated with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease but carry other diseases. The Blacklegged Tick, sometimes called a “deer tick” are smaller than both the American Dog and Lone Star Ticks. Fully grown, they are about the size of a sesame seed. This tick is known to spread Lyme Disease to humans.
 
There are ways you can protect yourself this year while you are enjoying your outdoor activities. To reduce tick exposure, stay on clear paths to avoid tall grass and weeds. You can wear long pants, spray insect repellant and inspect your body frequently. If you have a tick latched on, the easiest way to remove it would be to use a pair of tweezers. You would place the tweezers just behind the point of attachment and pull. If you are to notice any flu-like symptoms, see a physician as soon as possible.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photo Provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 23, 2015 9259

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 7347

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 6683

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 22, 2015 6284

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 5821

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 25, 2015 5432

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 21, 2015 4991

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 26, 2015 4958

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 20810

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 20611

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 26, 2015 4958

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 26, 2015 3565

Man Goes to Jail after Allegedly Attacking Family

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 25, 2015 3525

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 26, 2015 3096

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 2945

Madisonville Post Welcomes New Troopers

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
January 26, 2015 2679

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in General News For All Sites by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 26, 2015 2621

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 26, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 26, 2015 2447

Kentucky Highway Crews Prepared for Snow into the…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 27, 2015 2057

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight, Hopkins Circuit Clerk
January 26, 2015 2038

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Circuit Clerk's Office
January 26, 2015 1992

McClearn Remains Optimistic I-69 Signs up Between…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Keith Todd
January 26, 2015 1405

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Melissa Heflin