This Year, New Jersey Is Experiencing A Major Surge In Tick Populations

New Jersey has had a very mild winter, so it’s no surprise that the state is expecting a major tick surge this spring. But it’s not just the spring! With warmer temperatures and a lack of snow, ticks did not die off in the winter. Though that’s not exactly breaking news, there are some things you should know.

While it’s wonderful spending time outdoors, don’t take ticks lightly. Diseases like Lyme can be debilitating or deadly in severe cases. And if you think they’re not out in the winter, 90,000 ticks were found on a single moose during the winter in Vermont. It’s also important to protect pets. While several flea and tick medications are believed to have caused life-threatening seizures, preventative measures should be taken. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action. For information on tick bites and tick removal (in humans) visit the CDC website.