Tick Population Up This Summer

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County Vector Control officials said they don’t do an official tick survey but based on the number of calls from the public and what their crews are seeing out in the field when working on mosquitoes, tick numbers appear to be above average this year.

Jim Lunders with Jackson County Vector Control said ticks typically harbor on things like grass that is 18 inches high or less. They typically feed off the blood of birds and animals, like deer, but will attach to our skin when given the chance. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are the two best-known diseases transmitted by ticks to humans. Lunders says ticks typically aren’t as active when it’s extremely dry, however can still be seen near rivers and creeks.

“We’re getting into the drier part of the year where the tick’s activity drops off for July and August they slow down some and it will pick back up as we start seeing some moisture again,” said Lunders,

If you’re headed out into a wooded area officials recommend wearing long pants, ideally with tight cuffs to prevent ticks from latching on. A bug spray with a good repellent for mosquitoes and ticks is also a plus.