Officials: Tick Population Increasing in W.Va.

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State health officials say the tick population is increasing in West Virginia.

Public health entomologist Eric Dotseth says the West Virginia Department of Health conducts surveys throughout the Mountain State to monitor the tick population.

Ticks can spread disease among humans as well as pets.

The most prevalent variety in West Virginia is the blacklegged tick - better known as the deer tick.

Dotseth says experts have not determined why the population is increasing.

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