Thursday, March 29, 2012
"This could be one of the worst ticks seasons in recent years," said Dr. Michael Dryden, Kansas State University professor of veterinary parasitology. He focuses on the control of fleas and ticks that infest dogs and cats.
Dr. Dryden said the lack of winter and recent moisture have spurred tick activity about a month earlier. Veterinary clinics in Wichita have already seen pets with ticks and other unwanted parasites this month.
"Here at the end of winter, early part of spring, we're seeing more activity with all different kinds of parasites, fleas, ticks. We're seeing mosquitos," said Dr. Jason Albertson, veterinarian at the Bogue Animal Hospital.
Dr. Albertson said the best way to prevent ticks from becoming a problem is for pet owners to use tick control products on their pets, as soon as possible.
"I'm just hoping that will protect him. I put it on once a month like I'm supposed to and hope I don't find a single tick on him," said Ashley Guinn, pet owner.
Landscapers have also seen insects roaming around the terrain. They suggest using products that can kill or repel insects, sooner rather than later.
"It's easier, safer to prevent than it is to try to control those insects later on," said Marty Johnson, owner of Johnson's Garden Center. "Typically an early season like this, I've seen a lot of insects out in the landscape. Right now, they're easy to control when the populations are low."
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