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Tick Season and Seniors -- Know What to Look For

For the last two springs, the coronavirus took all the headlines along with stories about the vaccine, masks, and social distancing. The normally joyful arrival of spring was met with what seemed like a house arrest for seniors, some self-imposed, some required by the rules of contact. This year, however, it looks like we may be able to enjoy the arrival of warm weather. And although the pandemic may finally be in the rearview mirror, the regular pests still exist that pose disease risks for our seniors -- and one of those pests is the tick.

An active tick season according to experts

"After what seems like a winter that lasts forever, we all look forward to shedding the heavy coats and getting outside into the warm weather," said certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III. "Unfortunately, the months of March and April are when seniors need to start being concerned about ticks. And this year, it looks like we may have a record number of these disease-carrying pests around thanks to the mild winter."

Contrary to widely held belief, ticks do not typically die in the winter (although they can if the temperatures go below 14 degrees for an extended period), instead, they go into dormancy, waiting for the warmth to re-emerge so they can begin their blood-sucking ways. On March 25, the