Aug 30, 2016 6:11 PM

Should you still be concerned about lyme disease and ticks in NH drought?

Tick Free N.H.

Should you be concerned about ticks even though the Granite State is in the midst of a drought?

The short answer is yes. New Hampshire is just phasing out of the nymphal stage of the Blacklegged Ticks (the type that transmit Lyme disease).

Blacklegged ticks in the nymphal stage (the immature form of the tick) are the size of a poppy seed – very hard to spot or feel. Everyone in New Hampshire is at risk for being bitten by a tick. Kids aged 2 to 13 are particularly at risk.

In recent years, New Hampshire has had some of the highest incidences of Lyme disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by the Blacklegged tick (formerly known as Deer ticks). When a tick bites and embeds its head into a person or animal's skin, it can transmit bacteria.

Everyone in New Hampshire is at risk for being bitten by a tick.

Best ways to protect yourself

1. Prevent them from being on your body,

2. Inspect yourself, your children, and pets for ticks after being outside, and

3. Remove any tick you find.

Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas.

You may come into contact with ticks during common outdoor activities around your home like playing, gardening or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks. If your pet spends much time outdoors, a tick check should be part of your daily routine for both you and your pet.

-*- This article has been sponsored by Tick Free NH. For more detailed information on how to make a tick-free yard visit and the New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. You can like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram and YouTube. -*-

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