This could be a bad summer for ticks in Wisconsin – and officials say it might lead to more cases of Lyme disease.
Experts say ticks love a moist climate and warm weather, and Wisconsin is getting both. Kenosha County environmental health officer Mark Melotik said he began seeing ticks a month ago, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll lead to more Lyme cases. Wisconsin has at least 16 species of ticks, but U-W experts say only a few bite humans. That includes the deer ticks known for causing Lyme disease. Last year’s hot-and-dry summer resulted in a decrease in Wisconsin Lyme cases.