2017 was a record-breaking spring and summer for the local tick population...which raised some serious concerns about Lyme disease. However, this year might be different.

You can thank last week's Bombcyclone for the possibility of fewer ticks this spring and summer. According to Country Living, the rush of sub-zero temperartures could mean a drop in the tick (and bug) population come spring. While ticks can survive in the cold, temperartues of below zero are usually enough to kill off a large number of them.

Seeing as we say almost 5 days of single-degree days and sub-zero nights, there is a good chance that we may be seeing less of a threat for bites once the warmer weather gets here.

However, some scientists do say that ticks have mutated to survive in harsh temperatures.

There is no real way to tell how large the tick population will be until the snow melts away and the temperatures begin to warm but let's hope that going outside this summer is a little less scary than last year.

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