Connecticut sees increase in tick populations

GREENWICH, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Experts say Connecticut's tick population is increasing this season and features some new species.

So far this year the number of ticks sent in for testing to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has doubled.

The theory is shorter, warmer winters are allowing ticks to flourish.

Scientist Dr. Goudarz Molaei has personally documented the population increase.

When he recently surveyed a field in Fairfield County near the Long Island Sound he was covered with Asian Longhorned ticks within minutes.

"About 10 days ago when I went out for a tick survey it took less than five minutes. My entire coverall was covered with ticks and it took me maybe a little near one hour to collect all these ticks and I ended up collecting 200 ticks from my just coverall," he said.

Species new to Connecticut are also on the rise including Lone Star and Gulf Coast ticks.

Lyme disease from deer ticks remains a major concern, but the ticks can also spread anaplasmosis, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis.

Experts urge people working or spending extended periods of time outdoors to check for ticks, remove them carefully and submit them to the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.