Tick season ramping up in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Experts say this tick season will be a bad one, especially with a new disease that is already spreading.

This year is expected to unfortunately be a banner year for ticks and there’s growing concern about a new, potentially deadly virus they can spread to humans.

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On Friday morning, Dr. Goudarz Molaei, Research Scientist at Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases with CAES, spoke with News 8 about why this year will be a tougher year for ticks than most.

This is unusually a strange year and we are seeing hundreds and hundreds of people are being bitten by ticks.”

Dr. Molaei said the unusually warm winters are partially to blame for the influx of ticks. He adds that the vast majority of tick encounters will happen in grass or wooded areas of your yard.

He recommends wearing pants and long sleeves when you’re outside. Light-colored clothing helps too, as it is easier to see ticks that may be on your clothes.

Most importantly, Dr. Molaei says that after spending any time outside there are certain parts of your body you should be checking closely.

Particularly behind the ears, groin areas, behind knees, armpits and those areas that can’t be easily seen they have to inspect by thyemselves thoroughly or ask one of their loved ones to help identify them.”

If you notice a tick on your skin, you want to grab it as close to the head as possible, and then pull.

Gently pull so that you make sure you make sure the mouth part engaged in blood feeding comes out but you have to be very gentle and slowly pull them out to avoid leaving the mouth part in your skin because that can lead to a secondary infection.”

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