Expert: Get set for tick season

The Monadnock region and the rest of New England will be bracing for a new round of tick season in the weeks ahead, according to Peterborough Lyme disease educator and author Katina Makris.

New England experienced a severe infestation of ticks this spring after a mild winter. "Residents were pulling over five ticks per day from their pets throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire," said Makris, who wrote "Out of the Woods; Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit."

Summer heat and drought reduced sightings of ticks. But this past weekend's rain, "plus the cooling temperatures, the next weeks ahead will induce a surge in the tick population," cautions Makris. While doing autumn cleanup chores, gardening, hiking and even apple picking, prevention measures are encouraged. Long sleeves, pant legs tucked into boots, a permethrin- based insect repellant sprayed on clothing, not skin, and pets doused with a tick-guard product are considered tick prevention steps, along with showering after being in the outdoors to search for ticks.

New Hampshire veterinarian, Dr. Chuck DeVinne, has verified his Animal Care practice is diagnosing one case of Lyme per day in pets, a number he considers to be extraordinarily higher than in years past. DeVinne too warns the month of October will be a time of tick alert.

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