Ticks and Mosquitoes May be Worse this Summer
Experts said ticks continue to spread in many parts of the state, and our mild winter weather isn’t helping to limit their numbers.
Howard Russell is an entomologist at Michigan State University
He said ticks continue to increase their range and are holding ground where they’ve already spread.
“Here in areas where you found ticks last year, you're probably going to see them again this year. And if they were bad in areas you were last year they're going to be bad again this year. ”
Russell said prevention is the best way to protect your family and animals from these pests.
He said repellents for yourself and children are also a good idea before you step out.
Summer in Michigan means bugs, and more bugs, he said this summer you can also expect more encounters with the pesky mosquitoes.
“Given the rainfall that we’ve had over March and the continued rainy forecast that I’m seeing is that we’re well on our way to having a great batch of spring ‘squitoes’.”
Russell said to avoid being bitten you can limit your exposure during peak mosquito activity around dusk and dawn.