Head, shoulders, knees and toes is where you should check for ticks after a day outside. That’s because they could be carrying a disease, like Lyme disease.
This fall, researchers are choosing the areas in Central New York they will do tick drags in hopes of potentially reducing diseases in ticks. Tick drags are how the ticks are captured for testing.
“These type of edge habitats are good places to look for ticks because ticks like to get up a little bit higher. That’s where they’re sitting and waiting for animals, people to walk by,” said Harold Nugent, a tick educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Basically, just want to take your drag, lay it out flat and then you’re going to walk a little ways, anywhere from 10 feet to 30 feet.”