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Tick population rising in Upstate NY: That’s a problem

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Reported cases of Lyme disease surged in New York last year, with 16,798 cases in 2022 compared to 3,006 in 2021, according to the CDC.

SUNY ESF associate professor Brian Leydet explains that ticks thrive in areas with passing animals and are likely to increase in backyards and local parks. To avoid bites, wear tall socks, use bug spray, and treat clothing. If bitten, remove the tick with tweezers and save it in case you develop symptoms.

Leydet attributes the rise in ticks to climate change, which creates favorable conditions for their lifecycle. He recommends keeping your yard clear of tall grass and leaf litter to reduce tick presence.