The tick is often confused as an insect, when it is in fact part of the arachnid family along with spiders, scorpions and mites. Did you also know that they are said to be millions of years old? We spoke about this in our post last week… Lyme Disease: Is it as Old as the Dinosaur Era?
With over 900 species of tick there sure is a lot to learn. Here’s a great article answering some common and not so common questions about these nasty little biting pests.
How Do Ticks…Tick?
Ticks have developed different host-seeking strategies. Some ticks, like the Lyme disease vector I. scapularis, lay in wait for their hosts in vegetation in a position known as “questing.” Others like Hyalomma run after hosts, and some, like many soft tick species, simply share the same dwellings with their hosts.
So there is something positive to say about ticks, as scientists start to explore further into alternative medicines. Although, let’s not forget about the dangers:-
Study warns that ticks with Lyme are emerging earlier in spring
A new study by local researchers suggests Lyme Disease Awareness Month may need to be moved from May to April. The study found that warmer spring temperatures are shifting when the black-legged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other pathogens emerge from dormancy in the Northeast.
The threat of a tick bite is very real and just one by an infected tick can result in a lifetime of illness.