Ticks hang out in grassy, or forested humid areas waiting for their next ride and blood meal. And the tiny arachnids starting hitching rides on people and pets in full force early this year.
Dr. John Reynolds is a Pittsfield veterinarian who says that recent warm weather led to an increase in the amount of animals brought in to have ticks removed from their fur.
Hank Art is a professor of Biology at Williams College. He says that cold winters usually reduce the numbers in ticks, but for the past two years, nature has worked in the tick’s favor.