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Old 02-08-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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Hi

We are soon to move to Morris County, and have bought a place with 2 wooded acres. Each time we have visited, there have been numerous deer in the backyard. We will, in time, fence the backyard to keep the deer out, but in the meantime, I was wondering how likely we are to have problems with deer ticks, and in particular lyme disease.

We have a small child, and keeping him totally covered up in the spring/summer and plastered in DEET insect repellent will not be easy!

Does anyone know if lyme disease infected deer ticks are a problem in Morris County. And if so, how do people deal with it.

Thanks so much.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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Where there are woods, and deer, there will be deer ticks. You won't get Lyme disease unless the tick is left on your body for more than a day. Just check your child for them (and yourself) if you are out in the woods.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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It is a problem, yes.

But not something to be overly concerned about. Like Mattie said, just have your kids check themselves for ticks while showering if they were playing in the woods
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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Lyme disease is ALL OVER the northeast (including New England). You need to take precautions and do a tick check (on people AND pets) daily in season. After the first frost the ticks are done for the season.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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Unfortunately, ticks don't just go away when it gets chilly outside. A few will find you in the spring, fall and during a winter thaw. They're most active in May, June and July (or so I've read) but as long as it's warm outside, they're on the hunt.

Tiny terrors: Ticks out despite cool weather | PoconoRecord.com

It's easy enough to take precautions. Do those tick checks!

http://www.twp.freehold.nj.us/tbde/public/publications/images_publications/tickborn_disease_brochure.pdf (broken link)
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Default yes it's a problem but...

as has been said, the deer tick has to be attached for around 36 hours before lymes can be transfered.
I have a large wooded lot, 3 kids and 2 dogs who all play in the woods, all have had ticks at some point, you just have to check, especially warm spots, behind knees, groin, hairline, behind ears (after a spot of wood clearing I once had four on one boob)!!!!!! A good pair of tweezers and a sharp eye, (they can be tiny) is all you need. They are active in temps above 40 so pretty much all year, although we don't seem to have too much of a problem in winter.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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Thanks so much everyone - you have made me feel better! We'll make sure we do the tick checks!
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