Colorado May 09, 2019
You Won’t Be Happy To Hear That Colorado Is Experiencing A Major Surge Of Ticks This Year
After weathering a long, cold winter, we are definitely looking forward to the warm summer days on the horizon. Unfortunately, as the temperature rises, so will something else: the number of ticks and other bugs living in Colorado.
Get ready to bug out, Colorado: summer 2019 is predicted to bring a larger than normal influx of ticks, mosquitoes, ants, and other stinging insects.
According to the
National Pest Management Association's bi-annual "Bug Barometer," the north-central part of the country - including Colorado - is expected to see an increase in pest populations.
Our cold and wet winter set up prime conditions for mosquitos and ticks to flourish. To make matters worse, the predicted warm and dry summer will also allow these insects to thrive throughout the season, meaning you’ll need to be extra aware and prepared for outdoor adventures this year.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
National Institutes of Health
recommends wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs (especially if you’ll be around brush and shrubs), using insect repellants containing DEET, and thoroughly checking for ticks before going inside. Wearing light-colored clothing can make it easier to spot them, as they tend to blend into darker colors. Even the tiniest of ticks can carry diseases. Don’t forget to check your pets too!
So what should you do if you are bitten by a tick?
If you find a tick attached to your skin, the CDC recommends removing it using fine-tipped tweezers as soon as possible. Grab it as close to your skin as possible and don't jerk or twist it, just pull upwards steadily. Despite how tempting it may be, don't squish ticks with your fingers - this can also spread the diseases they carry. Make sure to clean the area around the bite with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
If you've been bitten by a tick, keep a close eye out for symptoms of Lyme disease. If you experience a fever, have headaches, feel fatigued, or notice a distinctive bull’s eye rash around the bite, see a doctor as soon as possible.
As for protecting against mosquitoes and other stinging insects, the same rules apply: use a DEET repellant and try to limit your amount of unprotected skin.
Despite the less than thrilling news that we’re in for a particularly bad pest season, don’t let that stop you from getting outside and enjoying the warm weather! Just make sure to exercise caution so that you and your family can have the happiest and healthiest of summers.
Once you have your DEET and socks on, make plans to take
The Obscure Colorado Town Road Trip Is Everything You Need This Summer.