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Scientists say Ohio will see an increase in parasitic ticks this year

A person finding a wood tick on a young girl's neck.
Mayo Clinic

Scientists say that we will see an increase in parasitic ticks in Ohio this year. They say the increase is due to warming temperatures from climate change expanding the number of months ticks can survive in the region.

There are also an abundance of hosts in Ohio, like deer, for the ticks to feed on.

Dr. Don Cipollini is a professor of biological sciences at Wright State University. He said it's "like a perfect storm" of events: conducive environmental conditions coupled with plenty of hosts.

But Dr. Cipollini said that ticks should not discourage people from enjoying nature. He recommends people wear boots while hiking, utilize insect and tick repellents, and always check themselves and their pets for any ticks.

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Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.