News May 13, 2019

Warmer Days Bring Tick Season

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Days are becoming warmer in Wyoming, and for those who enjoy the outdoors, we all know what that means…check for ticks.

The Wyoming Department of Health says diseases sometimes passed on by infected ticks in Wyoming include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Colorado tick fever. Lyme and Powassan diseases can be a concern during travel to other states, but are not known to be spread by Wyoming ticks.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist says, “Ticks can be active in Wyoming most of the year, but spring and summer are typically the peak seasons when we see related illnesses.” General recommendations to help avoid tick-related diseases include wearing light-colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks crawling on clothing, tucking pant legs into socks, applying insect repellents such as those containing 20 percent or more DEET, searching yourself and children for ticks after returning from potentially tick-infested areas, and checking pets for ticks.

Those ticks can be transferred from pets to you so the health department urges pet owners to use tick control products recommended by veterinarians. Residents can learn how to properly remove ticks at the Wyoming Health Department website.