It’s January, and Massachusetts is dealing with ticks again
Record breaking temperatures over the weekend have awakened ticks across Massachusetts that were experiencing their version of winter hibernation.
Harvard entomologist Dr. Rich Pollack says ticks never fully go away for the winter.
When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, they simply become what he calls “quiet.”
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Please know that ticks go through diapause, a type of hibernation. An antifreeze type substance allows them to survive freezing winter temperatures so the notion that “climate change” is causing ticks to spread has been debunked: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/11/07/ticks-on-the-move-due-to-migrating-birds-and-photoperiod-not-climate-change/
This issue is extremely important because research dollars going toward climate change robs funding from research that is desperately needed such as more accurate testing, effective treatments, and transmission studies.
For more on ticks surviving winter temps: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/01/20/polar-vorticks/ Video shows ticks surviving 3 degree weather under snow cover.