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March 30, 2021  |  News  |  Insect Repellents

Consumer Reports: When Does Tick Season Start?

When Does Tick Season Start?

In many areas of the U.S., the answer is right now

Spring is here, and in many areas the snow has already melted and the weather is warming up. After a long pandemic winter, you might be itching to get back outside for a hike or simply to start readying your yard and garden for the growing season. But this early in the spring, do you need to worry about protecting yourself from ticks and the diseases they carry, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The short answer: Yes, says Bruce Noden, PhD, a medical and veterinary entomologist and an assistant professor in the department of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University.

March and April are when people in most areas need to start worrying about ticks, Noden says. And according to the tick activity tracker run by the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease, your chances of coming into contact with ticks are high in a number of areas in the U.S., including most of the Eastern half of the country and the West Coast.

Here’s what you need to know about your risk of encountering a tick right now written by Catherine Roberts:

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