Simmons Interviewed by Tribune-Review about Overwintering Ticks

Posted on 2/7/2018 12:33:30 PM

Biology professor Tom Simmons was interviewed on February 6 by the Tribune-Review Live to comment on the possible effects this harsh winter may have on the overwintering blacklegged tick population. 

Although laboratory studies have shown significant mortality at temperatures similar to what we are experiencing this season, Simmons cautions that, in nature, ticks have behavioral and physiological adaptations that protect them from the cold. Nevertheless, given the marked temperature fluctuations a twenty percent reduction in numbers is a reasonable educated guess.

The text and video of the interview are posted online.