start

Ticks are out early this year in western Massachusetts

ON YOUR PETS.

BARRY:

IT'S ONLY APRIL, BUT TICKS ARE

ALREADY OUT.

22NEWS REPORTER MIKE

MASCIADRELLI FOUND OUT HOW YOU

CAN KEEP THE TICKS

OFF YOUR PETS.

MIKE:

PEOPLE ARE ALREADY TAKING TICKS

OFF THEIR DOGS HERE IN HAMPSHIRE

COUNTY.

YOU WANT TO TAKE STEPS NOW TO

KEEP THEM OFF YOUR PETS.

TICKS ARE TINY, BUT THEY ARE A

NUISANCE FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR

PET.

KATE CAMERON, HATFIELD: YOU

DON'T

WANT THE ANIMAL TO BRING INTO

YOUR BED AND HAVE A PERSON GET

IT. IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE TOO.

TICKS CAN CARRY LYME DISEASE,

AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

THE BLACK-LEGGED TIC AND THE

DEER TICK ARE THE MOST COMMON

FOR THIS

AREA.

THEY MAINLY HANG OUT IN TALL

GRASS AND BRUSH, AND CAN ALSO

DROP DOWN

FROM TREES.

IF YOU GO INTO WOODS OR TAKE A

HIKE, BE SURE TO CHECK YOURSELF

THOROUGHLY WHEN YOU GET HOME.

SHAYLA HOWE, NORTHAMPTON ANIMAL

CONTROL OFFICER: MAKING SURE YOU

CHECK DOG AND YOURSELF EVERY

TIME AFTER BRINGING THEM INTO

HOUSE AFTER GOING ON A WALK. I

TELL THEM TO CONTACT A

VETERINARIAN AND SEE WHAT THEY

CAN

DO ABOUT TICK PREVENTIVE YOU

WANT TO JUMP ON THAT EARLY IN

THE YEAR.

MIKE MASCIADRELLI: YOU USUALLY

START SEEING

TICKS AROUND LATE SUMMER AND

EARLY FALL BUT YOU MIGHT START

SEEING MORE OF THEM

SOON BECAUSE OF THE MILD WINTER.

22NEWS ASKED A LOCAL

VETERINARIAN HOW YOU CAN PREVENT

THEM

FROM GETTING ON YOUR PETS.

DR. DANIELLE LORENZO, OWNER,

FLORENCE

ANIMAL CLINIC: TICKS TEND TO GO

UP INTO THE NECK AREA AND ALSO

IN BETWEEN THE TOES SO

THOSE ARE PLACES YOU WANT TO

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK. WE WOULD

ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU'RE

USING A GOOD QUALITY FLEA, TICK

CONTROL PRODUCT.

TICK CONTROL PRODUCTS INCLUDE

CHEWABLES, TOPICALS, AND TICK

DOG COLLARS.

MIKE:

LORENZO SAID TICS ARE GENERALLY

MOST ACTIVE IN THE FALL, BUT

THEY'RE HERE

NOW, AND CAN BE ACTIVE YEAR

ROUND.

LIVE FROM THE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

BUREAU, IN NORTHAMPTON, MIKE