Ticks have become a “significant public health issue in New York” and the population has recently spiked. A warming climate and changes in land use can increase risk to tick exposure. Ticks are vectors of many diseases for both humans and animals, and a new species of tick, “the longhorned tick,” was spotted over the summer in Westchester County.
New York State Integrated Pest Management has a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to help you protect yourself and your livestock from ticks, and know what to do if you find them. Additionally, Western New York CCE is hosting a Tick Awareness Forum this January to gain awareness of tick-borne diseases in New York State and better understand management options to reduce the risk of human-tick encounters.
Learn more about tick risks and management with NY Integrated Pest Management.