I remember seeing articles pop up a few months ago that this was going to be a bad year for ticks.
Warmer winter, the use of fewer pesticides, the increase in white-tailed deer, the migratory pattern of birds, etc, etc.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
They’ve been saying that for the past 5 years.
Fast forward a few months and now I believe it.
This month at work I’ve already seen more ticks on dogs than I did all combined of last year and now I keep telling my husband, “It’s gonna be a bad year for ticks. We have to keep the grass short.”
Just yesterday at work we had a lady bring a small tick in to the clinic in a Ziploc bag. “This was on my dog. Is this a tick?”
It certainly was. It wasn’t a big tick, just a little guy but the fact that it was on this ladies little Shih Tzu that goes to the bathroom in the house on a wee-wee pad and has certainly never seen a heavily wooded area before, is a bit concerning.
Then there was the Lab that we pulled a tick off of and on day that I wasn’t at work I heard they pulled several ticks off of another dog.
And…………… the week before that we pulled this slightly engorged guy off the vet’s dog, which we found by accident when petting him.
Yep. Now I have proof. It’s gonna be a bad year for ticks.