Two New Tick Species Found In Connecticut: Together They Spark Concern Over Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases for 2021

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by Dr. Keith Yimoyines, ND

CAES (Connecticut Agricurltural Experiment Station) CT Tick Report

Spring is almost upon us, which in Connecticut means sunshine, warmer, longer days, and unfortunately, ticks. Data from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), released in last year's report, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicates that 2019 was a particularly bad year for ticks across the state.

Don't Let Your Guard Down

Ticks native to Connecticut and new species have been thriving during the warmer than usual 2021 winter months in Connecticut. On those warm days closer to spring, it's important to do a tick check immediately after you are able to get out as reported by NBC Connecticut's Kaitlyn McGrath.By Kaitlyn McGrath •  • 

Alarming Data Suggest 2021 Could Be A Bad Tick Season Too

Over 2,500 ticks, including 2068 deer ticks (Ixodes Scapularis) and 467 American dog ticks (Dermacentor Variabilis) were collected, and all-female deer tick samples were tested for several pathogens that cause disease in humans. The results were alarming, and experts warn that a mild winter can contribute to a larger boom in the tick population, so 2020 - 2021 could potentially be a more active year for the tick population.

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