Deer ticks are surviving winter and becoming a year-round problem
Deer ticks are being found for the first time in Jackman and Houlton.
CAPE ELIZABETH (NEWS CENTER Maine)– Researchers are discovering more evidence that deer ticks carrying Lyme and other diseases are now is a year-round problem.
An ongoing study by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute into how deer ticks withstand cold temperatures shows that ticks can hibernate until spring under leaves and snow. Temperatures above freezing and melting snow actually activate adult ticks so people and pets spending time outdoors need to wear protective clothing and use repellant.
Another concern — deer ticks are spreading to remote areas of the state. The parasites were discovered in Jackman and Houlton for the very first time.
“We don’t have any record of that occurring that far north in that part of the state yet, we were a few miles from the Quebec border so I think we are going to go back in the spring to see how well they do,” said Chuck Lubelczyk, field biologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Researchers plan to study will also look at ticks that carry bacteria that causes Anaplasmosis to see if they can endure extreme temperatures than ticks that don’t carry it. Cases of the disease which causes flu-like symptoms have exploded in Maine. The CDC says more than 430 cases were reported this year up from 52 five years ago.
Deer ticks have long survived the winter. Just because it hasn’t been on official record doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.
Please see this: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/01/20/polar-vorticks/ Tom Mather, the tick guy, shows ticks surviving in three degrees overnight under snow.
This fact again shows that ticks are marvelously ecoadaptive.
Here, they survive in blazingly hot beaches: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/07/ticks-on-beaches/
Independent tick researcher, John Scott, demonstrates that this ability, along with migrating birds and photoperiod are what is causing tick proliferation and the spread of Lyme disease, NOT climate change: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/08/13/study-shows-lyme-not-propelled-by-climate-change/
“The hypothesis that I. scapularis ticks will expand further north in the Prairie Provinces because of climate change is not only unscientific, but deceiving.”