Arizona May 30, 2019
You Won’t Be Happy To Hear That Arizona Is Experiencing A Major Surge Of Ticks This Year
Warm weather means more time spent outdoors, which comes with both perks and downsides. Ticks definitely fall into the latter category, and the Grand Canyon State is expected to see a surge of them this summer. Keep reading to learn more:
Several factors must align for an active tick season to occur, and this year is looking like a perfect storm. It’s been quite a wet year so far, which combined with warmer-than-average late spring temperatures create an ideal environment for the pests to thrive in.
Here in the desert, we’ll be seeing slightly above average activity.
Tick season begins in late April for us and is anticipated to last through October, a much longer period than usual. Unrelenting humidity thanks to El Niño is responsible for the nuisances overstaying their welcome.
Three species of ticks tend to take up residence in Arizona: the Brown Dog, Western Blacklegged, and Rocky Mountain Wood.
While Lyme is the most well-known and life-altering disease transmitted by the bugs, there are several others to be aware of, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Tularemia. Initial presentation of all four ailments is similar, with patients experiencing symptoms like nausea, fever, fatigue, and headaches.
If even the slightest suspicion that you may have been bitten exists, don’t hesitate to see a doctor right away — left untreated, the prognosis could be very grave.
As you can see, ticks are virtually microscopic. Being mindful while hiking isn’t enough; instead, take a preemptive approach and lather on bug spray and wear thick socks, long pants, and boots.
Are you prepared for this unusually active tick season? Let us know your thoughts!