Apr 27, 2016

Lyme disease on my mind

Virginia
USA
by
Juanita Constible
,
NRDC
Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) engorged with a meal of blood. Photo: CDC/ Dr. Gary Alpert, Urban Pests, Integrated Pest Management
Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) engorged with a meal of blood. Photo: CDC/ Dr. Gary Alpert, Urban Pests, Integrated Pest Management

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness spread by ticks. Symptoms often crop up in June, July, or August—when people spend more time playing outdoors—but the start of “Lyme season” depends heavily on the weather. Weather and climate also appear to restrict where Lyme-carrying ticks are found in the United States