Dill speaks to BDN about ticks laying eggs in the fall

Griffin Dill, manager of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about fall being the best time for ticks to lay eggs for spring. “By now the tick will be looking for her final host for that blood meal. She needs to have that blood protein and have found a mate when she drops off that host in November,” Dill said. Typically the female ticks lay several hundred eggs in a small cluster or mass, but Dill said they can lay up to 2,000. Despite that large number, Dill said it is highly unlikely an individual will see a mass while walking in the Maine woods.