Most Active Stories
- First Student To Graduate In May From College To Career Experience Program
- Kentucky Film Tax Incentive Program Draws Production Company to Murray
- Against Residents’ Wishes 250-Year-Old Burr Oak Tree Cut Down On Lake Barkley Bridge Easement
- GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Attack Jack Conway For Not Defending Gay Marriage Ban
- Congressman Whitfield Calls House Ethics Allegations "Absurd"
Tue May 29, 2012
Tick Season is Here
The mild winter has resulted in an early start to tick season in Kentucky. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents say the pests have been reported three to four weeks earlier than normal.
Here in western Kentucky, Graves County agricultural extension agent Kenny Perry says he's had calls about ticks for more than a month. UK College of Agriculture extension entomologist Lee Townsend says survival rates were probably higher among ticks due to the mild winter, and he says the warm spring has brought the bugs out sooner. The early start doesn’t necessary mean a greater risk of the tick-born Lyme disease; Kentucky’s two most common types do not carry the disease.