Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

The Growing Tick Population in Kentucky

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 2014 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.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

West Hopkins Schools Scholarship Applications for Seniors Available

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/22/14) — Planning to attend a four-year college or university? Need cash? West Hopkins School is… Read More

Comedian Kenn Kington Hosts ‘Ultimate Date Night’

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/23/14) — To keep a relationship fresh and exciting, no matter how long you have been together, a… Read More
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 22, 2014 9773

18 EPA Earth Day Events Take Action on…

in News by EPA
April 21, 2014 5198

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 22, 2014 4049

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 23, 2014 3912

Dawson Springs Letter Carrier Sentenced…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 21, 2014 3650

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 22, 2014 2534

Madisonville Woman Charged with Internet…

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
April 19, 2014 1583

Fifth Third on Main Street Comes Down

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 19, 2014 1431

MPD Arrests Juveniles for Recent Rash of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2014 1106

Louisville Man Charged in Madisonville…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 23, 2014 1055

MPD Detectives Investigate Hanson…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 21, 2014 3241

'Heath & Molly' Benefit Concert…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 1600

Owensboro Chamber Plans First ‘Lunch…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 22, 2014 743

DCPS Among Top 100 Nationally for Finance…

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 22, 2014 559

New Hwy. 54 Traffic Light to Go Into…

in News by Keith Todd
April 22, 2014 283

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Plans Exhibit

in Top Stories by Mary Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 22, 2014 4049

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 3650

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 21, 2014 1871

One Injured in Rosewood Wreck

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 22, 2014 1315

Muhlenberg Last Day of School

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 22, 2014 1069

Parsons Named Student of the Month

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03