Contributed by Dr. Cameron A. Gillespie of Galax, a specialist in otolaryngology and preventative medicine. He is affiliated with Twin County Family Care Centers.
In 2010, the climate favored a bountiful harvest of acorns, perhaps a good thing, but this led to a population boom in white footed mice, the preferred host of the black legged deer tick.
Ticks feed three times in their lives, as larvae, nymphs and adults. So in 2010, larvae prospered on mice.