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January 2023: It's unseasonably warm so adult ticks may be active when you don't expect it. Adult deer ticks can be actively looking for a host when temperatures are in the low 40s (or even lower when in a sunny spot). Be sure to check for ticks if you've been in snowless areas and might have brushed the vegetation.
July 2022: Nymphs are still active and abundant in some locations. This year we've visited some locations where we picked up one nymph every 10 feet. So keep checking!
June, 2022: It is PEAK nymphal deer tick season. This immature stage is most abundant in the latter half of June and the first 1-2 weeks of July. It is especially important to stay vigilant and use tick bite prevention measures right now.
May, 2022: It's National Lyme Disease Awareness month. Be sure to know the symptoms of tick-transmitted diseases like Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. If you find a tick feeding on you, send a photo to UWMEL or the Tick App for identification. Or put it in a plastic bag or old medicine container and freeze it so you can show your doctor if you develop any symptoms..
FOR 2022: We are excited to expand the Tick App to provide reminders about prevention strategies! The Tick App is a smartphone application to study human behavior, tick exposure and the risk of Lyme disease by collecting data through simple surveys with a citizen science approach.