When I picked my children up from an outdoor science class that they attend, I was surprised to hear the announcement that the deer ticks are out and about already this year.
Yesterday it was 57 degrees and sunny. Today it was in the mid-40’s, raining and gray.
My children told me that two children found deer ticks walking on their skin today during class. They found them on their necks.
We have had a mild winter.
The last deer tick I pulled off of my children was November 30, 2006---which was late in calendar year to still find active deer ticks.
Now we have deer ticks on children on March 15th, isn’t that early too?
I was hoping to not have to think about deer ticks and Lyme Disease prevention for at least another month but I guess I was wrong.
So today we resumed the full body tick checks and the task of shedding clothes once one gets in the door and laundering everything.
Note: Deer ticks are also known as black-legged ticks and their latin name is Ixodes scapularis.
I shared photos of an embedded deer tick on one of my sons in this blog entry from November 2006.
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