Tick Borne Disease on the Rise in the Fall

As the temperature starts to drop, many of us assume that the population of ticks will also start to decline. That we are less likely to be at risk from these disease spreading pests because the colder weather means there’s little chance that we may come into contact with a tick, even if we venture into their habitat. WRONG! Unfortunately, these microscopic bugs can still survive as the seasons take their turn, so be aware!

Disease-Carrying Ticks Can Stay Active in Fall, NY Warns

Ticks can remain active until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees. So officials say it’s important to take precautions and perform tick checks after being outdoors even as the weather cools down. Lyme disease-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks, which are common around the state.

Ticks are responsible for the spread of diseases such as Lyme, Powassan and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, some of which have no treatment or cure. So if you’ve not been protecting yourself from ticks until now, you might want to start getting on the case.

We expose ourselves to the threat of contracting viruses (not just those transmitted by ticks) each and every day, some of which we can protect ourselves against, some of which we can’t or are unaware of until it’s too late.

Personal Protection

Your best defense against tick-borne illness is to avoid contact with ticks in the first place. Your next best defense is to quickly find and remove any ticks that may latch on to you. Ticks tend to be near the ground, in leaf litter, grasses, bushes and fallen logs. High risk activities include playing in leaves, gathering firewood and leaning against tree trunks. When you hike, stay on cleared trails instead of walking across grassy fields.

Just one bite from an infected tick can really have an impact on your health and with tick borne disease on the rise in the Fall, don’t give these critters a chance to thrive by feeding on you!

 

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Mosquitoes Feast and Fly with Ease!

When you’ve eaten a big meal, what you want do to the most is just sit comfortably, let it digest and enjoy the moment and satisfaction from your feast. The last thing you want to do, is leap up away from the table and have to run off somewhere or be physically active. However, what if after you’d finished dining, or even during, you had to make a quick, sharp exit? That’s what mosquitoes have to do, to avoid being swatted once they’ve fed on our blood and we’ve noticed them doing so! These clever little critters have adapted ways to avoid ‘the swat!”

How Blood-Bloated Mosquitoes Stealthily Avoid a Swat

After a mosquito bites you and drinks its fill, how does it escape quickly and sneakily, to avoid getting smacked? To make their liftoff smoother and less noticeable to their victims, blood-bloated mosquitoes adjust their takeoff technique, researchers have discovered. Using an array of high-speed cameras and 3D-motion analysis, scientists tracked 63 takeoff maneuvers in mosquitoes, describing their results in a new study. They found that full mosquitoes prepared for liftoff by first beating their wings, then gradually increasing downward pressure with their legs, and finally pushing off almost imperceptibly.

So with a belly full of blood, these disease spreading pests, are still able to make a getaway with ease!


An interesting video on mosquito flight. The high frequency noise generated by their wings is seriously annoying when you’ve got a mosquito flying around your head, but at least it gives us a small clue that they are there.

They may be quick at making a getaway, but they are actually not the best at flying…

Mosquitoes are actually terrible at flying

Mosquitoes spend a lot of time in the air—it’s how they hunt, find mates, and even lay eggs. But for all the time they’re actually airborne, it turns out they’re not actually that efficient at flying.
In a paper published (paywall) today (March 29) in Nature, a team of researchers led by Richard Bomphrey, a biomechanical engineer at the Royal Veterinary College, London in England, describe how under the scrutiny of eight cameras that took 10,000 frames per second, mosquitoes revealed exactly how they fly.

What we want is to avoid mosquitoes getting the opportunity to feast on us in the first place, so at all times that you may be vulnerable to these disease spreading pests, invest in mosquito repellent. Don’t let them feast and fly with ease!

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Ticks Could Turn Halloween Into Your Worst Nightmare

Halloween is on the horizon!  It’s that time of year when we add a little ‘spooky’ into our lives. We decorate our houses, our yards and have some fun with costume creations. We get involved in old age traditions such as bobbing for apples and our own Jack-o-Lanterns. However, there’s one additional horror you need to be on the look out for when you’re carving your own pumpkin creation…

Ticks could be lurking in the pumpkin patch

As families head outdoors to enjoy fall festivities, state health officials are reminding everyone that ticks are still lurking. In fact, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says tick-borne illnesses can occur year-round in North Carolina, adding that cases have been steadily increasing since 2009.

So, it’s not only the typical bloodsucking Halloween vampire you need to be on the look out for, there are are other bloodsuckers on the loose. Only this time… these ones are as real as you can get.

You don’t need to let these beasts spoil your fun though! All that’s required is a little mindfulness and some protective measures when it comes to ticks.

California woman warning others about ticks after painful pumpkin patch experience

A California woman is warning others about ticks after having a painful pumpkin patch experience. Jennifer Velasquez, 27, had come home from a trip to a pumpkin patch when she started getting red bumps across her body. Velasquez eventually sought medical treatment and was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease spread by ticks.“I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died,” Velasquez wrote in a now viral Facebook post.

If you’re heading out to the pumpkin patch then be sure to make sure you are properly protected from ticks. Don’t let ticks turn your Halloween into your worst nightmare.

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Mosquitoes Mean Business

After the recent torrential weather, you may be noticing that there are a few more mosquitoes than usual hanging out in your back yard. Of course, these troublesome pests pose a real health risk to us, when it comes to the transmission of diseases such as West Nile, Chikungunya, Malaria and of course Zika. Here’s an article with a little help to homeowners on how you can rescue your back yard areas from these critters.

Garden Help: Mosquitoes are abundant after storms

Container breeding mosquitoes are still a concern and homeowners can help to eliminate breeding areas, which means anything around the landscape that holds water. Although these mosquitoes stay close to home, they still fly so it’s important for entire neighborhoods to get involved. Make it a goal to inspect your landscape every week to get rid of or treat standing water.

As an additional measure of protection, make sure your mosquito control is up to date.

>/center>Whether you’re in an area that has been directly affected by storms or not, it’s always sensible to take care of your outside areas, so that they are a safe place to enjoy. Richmond, VA has recently discovered that West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in the area, and this is just one of many parts of the United States that will continue to see the ongoing rise of mosquito borne disease.

West Nile virus found in Richmond and Henrico mosquitoes

Pools of mosquitoes along the boundary of Richmond and Henrico County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, and health officials are warning residents throughout the region that they need to protect themselves. Though the mosquitoes were found along the northern and western boundary between the county and city, “the general thinking is, if we test mosquitoes and they’re positive in those sites, the likelihood is we’ll have positive mosquitoes all over the region,” said Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City Health District.

Mosquitoes mean serious business. They thrive in the weather that causes us misery, only to continue inflicting further misery on us all. Let’s all play our part in fighting these suckers!

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If In Doubt, Get Your Tick Bite Checked Out!

There are a few tick borne illnesses that we should all be mindful of, the most common being Lyme disease. However, another rare bacteria that we should be educating ourselves on is anaplasma phagocytophilum. This nasty germ can be spread by an infected tick, resulting in anaplasmosis. Here’s an article with more information as to what you should be looking for.

Deer ticks are spreading an even more serious disease than Lyme

With the wet and warm weather that has persisted into this fall, anaplasmosis cases are on the rise, said Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The anaplasmosis bacteria are carried by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease, Morse explained, “So when you see an increase in Lyme disease, you’ll see an increase in the other tick-borne diseases, like anaplasmosis.”

With no glaringly obvious visual symptoms, as with Lyme disease, it’s important that if you feel any suspicious flu-like symptoms, and you have been into a habitat likely to be attractive to ticks, then you should see medical attention immediately.


Have you recently been bitten by a tick? Did you know how to remove it safely and have you had any symptoms that you feel could be the result of a tick borne virus?

Move over Lyme: Anaplasmosis, another tick-borne illness, is gaining traction

Ticks crawled on his arms and legs almost every day on walks in the woods behind his home – but when they bit him, he never got the rash typical of some tick-borne diseases. Then one day in June, he started to run a fever. Days passed, and the fever persisted. Food didn’t taste right. He started to struggle with walking. His heart raced.

The message we’re trying to get across to you, is that there are no warning signs. No bulls eye rash, no obvious flag being waved in front of you that you could be infected.  The only sign you have is your own intuition and if in doubt, get that tick bite checked out with a medical expert. It’s worth the time to eliminate the worry and concern of a disease transmitted by a tick.

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Can Good Come Out Of Zika?

Looking back at the months of August and September last year, the panic of the Zika virus was in full swing! Although the virus had been surfacing for many months prior to this, the realization that the U.S was very much under threat from this harmful disease was an eye opener and many expectant mothers were very rightly so, concerned for the health of their unborn babies. The spread of the disease is still very much a huge problem that we are all up against, and with it, only comes negative connotations. However, could something good come out of Zika? The following article might have something that gives us a little hope when it comes to the mosquito borne disease and how it impacts our health.

Could Zika become a cancer treatment?

The Zika virus struck fear into the hearts of parents and would-be parents, last year. Moms who were infected during pregnancy often gave birth to babies with serious birth defects, including small brains. A number of the problems linked to the disease came from how the virus impacted the developing nervous system. But someday, Zika might also gain renown as a medical therapy — to treat deadly brain cancers.

Could the virus be the answer to kill certain stem cells that lead to deadly brain cancers? Only time will tell, but here’s hoping some good can come out of it…


The most common form of deadly brain cancer could be combated with the help of the most deadly creature on the planet! How ironic is that!

Could Zika Virus Be the Answer to Brain Cancer?

You may have spent the summer dousing yourself in mosquito spray or staying indoors, especially if you’re a pregnant woman. Ever since its debut, many scientists have worked hard to find a vaccine for the Zika virus. While there’s no vaccine on the market yet, many scientists are exploring another, more potent, use for the virus: treating brain cancer.

Remember, we may be spreading a little positive light about these critters, but we still need to keep on top of protecting ourselves from them more than ever. Mosquitoes will always be our enemy, but what about if we kept our enemy’s closer? Maybe they could be of some use after all!

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Dead Mosquitoes Still Cause Misery

Mosquitoes are not just causing nuisance and spreading diseases when they are alive, they are also proving that they continue to have a negative impact on us human beings, even when they are dead! Researchers have found that these pesky critters can still cause allergic reactions, even when they’ve been swatted! Here’s an article with further information…

Mosquito you killed can bug you even when it’s dead: Study

When alive, mosquitoes are a dreaded nuisance, transmitting many diseases through their bites. But they are no safer dead. The disintegrated portions of the dead pests, according to a study by Delhi University’s Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, are the second-most common cause of allergic reaction in patients suffering from asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Asthma sufferers beware! Mosquitoes could be the cause of even more suffering for you!


Of course, it’s not just those of us with asthma that need to be mindful of these pests. Mosquitoes can cause a myriad of allergic reactions.

What Your Reaction To Mosquito Bites Says About You

Despite their high annoyance factor, not all mosquitoes are out for blood; only the females are, explains Joseph M. Conlon, a mosquito expert with the American Mosquito Control Association. “Female mosquitoes imbibe blood as a protein source for egg development,” Conlon says. Here’s what your specific reaction to mosquito bites says about you…

Look at all ways possible to prevent mosquitoes from biting you in the first instance. Don’t give them an opportunity to cause misery, even when they are dead.

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