Have you ever wondered why ticks spread disease? Have you thought about how many diseases they can spread? Did you know that many people are unaware that ticks are actually a threat to our health? That’s right… there are many out there that carry on their daily lives, blissfully unaware that danger lurks nearby. In the United States alone there are approximately 80 different species of tick, so you need to know what you’re up against when it comes to these disease spreading, microscopic bugs.
There’s a long list of diseases that you can get from a tick bite, including some that can actually kill you. In fact, the tiny bloodsucking critters can transmit a wider variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites than any other arthropod, a category that includes not only ticks but also insects such as mosquitoes.
A lot of useful and interesting information in that article. With the closing paragraph being the one to take particular notice of.
There may be ways to attack ticks without touching a single molecule of their die-hard little bodies. Ecologists have made progress in tracing what ticks need from the woods and lawns where they lurk. For instance, researchers believe that it was a bumper crop of acorns in 2015 that, through a Rube Goldberg series of consequences, created conditions for a perfect tick storm two years later. Breaking key ecological connections could knock back the tick menace in the future.
Take the time to expand your knowledge when it comes to ticks. These nuisance and harmful bugs are here to stay.
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