Wicked tick season predicted after warm winter

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GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Our previous warm winter has set us up for a wicked tick season!

Experts say that means we’re all going to have to take more precautions than ever before against the Lyme disease carrying creatures.

On Monday at the Pine Bush Discovery center in Guilderland visitors were looking for butterflies and chipmunks, but there are other animals lurking: Ticks that can carry Lyme disease with this season predicted to be a nasty one.

The Executive Director of the Pine Bush commission says they encourage all visitors to take precautions against ticks.

“So, they hang out on branches and grasses and when you walk by, and brush them they grab on to you. That’s why it’s important to stay on a trail,” said Chris Hawver Executive Director at Pine Bush Commission.

Pet owners are of course also going to be a bit busier than usual in checking for ticks too.

If you want to avoid getting a tick bite, you need to dress like a bee keeper. Wear long, light colored clothing, and tuck your pants into your socks. This will help seal any entrances for ticks.

Basically, you need to toss fashion to the curb, if you don’t want to tangle with ticks.

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