Dill discusses ways to minimize tick exposure on WABI

Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about preventative measures to take against ticks. Dill said the number of ticks is increasing throughout the Northeast and the winter most likely didn’t kill many of the pests. “The cold winter we had for that spell probably has little to no effect on tick numbers,” he said. “Ticks spend their winter under the snow at ground level kind of intermixed with the leaf litter. So they have a couple of insulating layers.” Experts recommend avoiding heavy brush, tall grass and shaded areas, WABI reported. “At the very least, wear some long clothing, insect repellent, things like that to really minimize the risk of encountering ticks,” Dill said. He added that just because ticks are around, it doesn’t mean Maine residents should stop doing outdoor activities they enjoy. “We just want them to kind of take some simple precautions and be aware of their surroundings,” he said.