Tick Pills Could Make Your Pet Sick

Your pets are a prime target for ticks, so in the event of a flea or tick infestation dogs and cats can be given medication to help get rid of these critters. However, pet owners beware! You might want to take note of this article because some of these pills can make your pet pooch or your kitty cat seriously sick.

Pets, If You Are On These Flea And Tick Medications, Beware Of Seizures

Fleas and ticks can get on your pet’s nerves. But apparently so might some medications to get rid of these pests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that medications in the isoxazoline class such as Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica may do more than just combat flea or tick infestations. These medications have the potential of causing seizures, ataxia, muscle tremors, or other neurological problems in your pets.

Of course, we don’t want to panic you with this information. We just wanted to share with you a warning that has been issued by the FDA, so that you’re mindful when it comes to not only protecting your dogs but your feline friends too.

Existing tick medication for does have a good track record, but if you have any concerns, discuss this with your veterinarian. Changes to the packaging on these products will provide pet owners with the details on how to assess their pet individually and to obtain information they require to make treatment decisions.

Flea, tick pills can cause nerve reactions in pets, FDA warns

Pills or chews that protect dogs and cats against fleas can cause neurological problems such as stumbling or seizures, and pet owners need more warning, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA issued an alert to owners and veterinarians and said it was requiring clearer labels on the products.

Do you know how to check your pet for ticks?  Are you making sure that once your dog or cat has been outside, that they are tick free? Would you know how to remove a tick if you find one? Keep your best friend safe from these critters, because they can’t check for themselves. It is all down to you.

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Mosquitoes Could Contaminate From Eating Plastic

Mosquitoes feed on blood. It’s what these irritating, buzzy pests do best, but did you know that they have also found an alternative to feast on? It’s been discovered that they have a taste for plastic! And, with that desire to feed on this synthetic material they could be causing further contamination to other insects, animals and mammals. Here’s an article with some more information.

Mosquitoes are eating plastic. Why that’s a big problem.

Young mosquitoes who eat even small pieces of plastic could be contaminating other insects and mammals, according to new research. Authors of a paper – published in The Royal Society journal Biology Letters on Wednesday – found that when a mosquito larva eats microplastic, that plastic can remain in the insect’s body into adulthood. So, the microplastic could then be transferred to whatever might eat that mosquito, including birds.

As with anything when it comes to mosquitoes, this is concerning on the impact it will have on the ecosystem.

Plastic unfortunately, finds its way into areas of water by improper disposal. As water is an enticing habitat for mosquitoes to hang out, they’re getting their supply of their second favorite food source without having to go far to find it.

Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows

Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures that eat the insects. Scientists fed microplastics to mosquito larvae, which live in water, but found that the particles remained inside the animals as they transformed into flying adults.

What can be done to stop this? Well mosquitoes are always going to be a problem, so we need to do our best to cut off their food supply as best as we can. We should all be mindful as to how we dispose of plastics, but as a reminder, please do take extra care. Keep protected at all times from mosquitoes when you venture outside and even when you’re enjoying time at home.

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Ticks Cause Allergies And Transmit Disease

The lone star tick has been identified as the culprit in causing an allergy to red meat. However, there are other critters that you might want to be aware of, that could also be a nightmare for any meat lover.  Here’s an article with some more useful information as to what you should look out for.

It’s not just ticks: Bites from this insect could make you allergic to meat too

Scientists have known for a few years that bites from the lone star tick could cause a sudden allergy to meat. But now researchers say another bloodsucking culprit may be causing the condition as well. They’re called “chiggers,” although you may know them by other names, like redbugs, harvest mites or berry bugs. They’re a type of tiny, creepy-crawly red mite — and scientists at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University say bites from these annoying outdoor pests could be causing people to develop allergies to red meat.

Of course, it’s not just developing an allergy to meat that we should be concerned about when it comes to ticks. There’s plenty more to worry about because these pests are responsible for a number of other dangerous diseases.

Make sure you can identify the symptoms, that could be the result of an infected tick bite. Seeking medical attention immediately, means that available treatment can be administered as soon as possible. Lyme diseases is possibly the most well know tick borne virus. Do you know how to identify the symptoms?

9 Symptoms Of Lyme Disease Not Everyone Thinks To Look For

If you’ve ever seen a tick — especially if you’ve seen one feed on a dog or a human — then you know what gross, creepy little creatures they are. Unfortunately, they also transmit some potentially serious illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tick-borne Lyme disease is passed to humans via bites by infected ticks, and the result can be a range of sometimes mystifying symptoms that may last for years. But surprisingly, we can get bitten by a tick and not even know it, and if we live in areas prone to tick infestations, we owe it to ourselves to be extra mindful to avoid tick bites.

Take responsibility for your own protection against these critters as well as those of others.  Invest in tick control for your yard and wear appropriate clothing when venturing into an area likely to be a tick habitat. Also, make sure you check yourself for ticks any time you may have exposed yourself to them.

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Ticks Are A Risk At All Times

The weather is starting to turn, with cooler days and more rainfall. We are led into a false sense of security by thinking that we are safe from ticks as the seasons starts to change. Surely you’re not as much at risk of a tick bite as we move into the fall, right? Wrong! Ticks are still making our lives a misery at times of the year when they used to give us a little respite. Here’s a story about a guy and his discovery of a tick and why he’s extra vigilant when it comes to checking himself and his dog for hitch hiking critters, whatever month it is.

Ticks are Nasty, Whatever the Season

As a newcomer in the 1990s, I was warned about ticks. The impact of those deaths decades earlier lingered in the psyche of valley residents. It was a spring worry, I was told. Once the snowmelt moved to the higher elevations, tick concerns eased.  That might explain the drinking-snowmelt myth. The legend got the timing right, though not the vector. That springtime tick fear stays with me. I only worry about them in the early part of the season, when the weather is cool. That changed this July when I woke to the sensation of something crawling up my arm. In a panicked sleep state I grabbed the crawling thing and set it on the nightstand. I turned on the light and was horrified to see a tick.

It can be frightening discovery to find a tick on your skin. You may not know how to remove a tick and then there is the added worry that it could be carrying bacteria that could infect you with a nasty disease.


If you can keep the tick safely for lab testing, after you have removed it, here is some more information as to what to do next.

The Tick Tests

We use highly specific, highly sensitive DNA detection methods (qPCR) to detect presence of disease-causing microbes (PATHOGENS) in ticks. This allows us to determine where these PATHOGENS are distributed and how abundant they are. Its important to know that our tests are not for DISEASE, which is something diagnosed in humans. We don’t practice human medicine or veterinary medicine. To diagnose disease, you need to see a health care professional.

Remember, if you are concerned about tick borne diseases and that you may be showing the symptoms of being infected, then please seek the advise of a medical professional.

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Man Vs Pest The Ongoing War Against Mosquitoes

We must never let ourselves feel as though we are being defeated in the war against mosquitoes. Although it may sometimes feel that these tiny critters that are responsible for the transmission of deadly diseases are winning, we have science on our side! Old methods that are still effective but perhaps need a little helping hand from innovation are not to be snubbed. However, does science have the answer when it comes to finding new ways that we can beat these suckers!

Mosquito Threat Spurs New Ways to Tackle Old Pest

Insect-borne illnesses are on the march, as the bugs that carry them are spreading out and getting harder to kill. In response, scientists are looking for new, high-tech tools to prevent them from spreading those diseases. In California, researchers are trying to change the genes of mosquitoes to prevent them from carrying the parasites that cause malaria. And in Brazil and Southeast Asia, scientists are working to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that keep them from spreading dengue fever, a sometimes deadly virus that’s reaching beyond its typical tropical range.

Mosquito borne diseases kill thousands of people each year. Here’s how genetic engineering could possibly assist in eradicating these.


The debate is of course, should the technology be used? Is it worth the risk to put out into the ecosystem a genetically modified mosquito? Or should the question be… is it worth the risk not to?

Genetically modified mosquitoes may be best weapon for curbing disease transmission

Mosquitoes are some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. They carry viruses, bacteria and parasites, which they transmit through bites, infecting some 700 million people and killing more than 1 million each year. With international travel, migration and climate change, these infections are no longer confined to tropical and subtropical developing countries. Pathogens such as West Nile virus and Zika virus have caused significant outbreaks in the United States and its territories that are likely to continue, with new invasive pathogens being discovered all the time.

Whatever views individuals may have on these genetically modified pests, the most important thing to remember, right now, is to be safe. Protect yourself from mosquitoes at all times. These critters are not going away, and there are more and more of them every year. Put together your best defense in this ongoing war of Man Vs Pest.

 

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Mosquitoes Are A Risk To Us All

As the seasons change from summer to fall and the number of mosquitoes appear to decrease, we could be easily lured into a false sense of security that we’re okay to let down our defenses from these disease spreading pests. We couldn’t be more wrong! The mosquitoes that are left could potentially be more harmful than those during the peak of mosquito season. Here’s why…

West Nile virus danger spikes as late-summer mosquitoes take flight 

Don’t put away the bug spray just yet. The relatively few mosquitoes buzzing around now include the most dangerous kinds, experts warn. Late summer and early fall are prime time for Culex breeds of mosquito, which are most likely to carry West Nile virus. West Nile virus, which can cause deadly fevers and brain swelling, is carried around the country by crows, blue jays and other birds. Culex mosquitoes pose a danger because they often bite infected birds and then bite humans.

So should you be protecting yourself all year round? The answer is a most definite YES! These pests are a threat to our health, and with the weather proving to be so sporadic, mosquitoes are surviving longer than usual.


There are many methods of protection that people put in place, but what we would highly recommend is always using a mosquito repellent and making sure that your home is protected with mosquito control administered by a professional.

West Nile virus is just one disease transmitted by mosquitoes. There are many more that we are vulnerable to in different parts of the world.

Tackling mosquito-borne diseases in 10 countries

Mosquitoes are prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical areas like the Pacific and Asia. This has led to a long history of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya in these regions. In the past few years, there has been 30,000 suspected cases of dengue in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. In fact, the Western Pacific is the second most Zika-affected region in the world, with 13 countries reporting infections in 2016.

You might not live in a part of the world that has a larger threat to these sometimes killer diseases, but you have a responsibility to yourself and others to make sure, you are safe. Diseases can travel. Mosquitoes can fly. We are all at risk!

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Marylanders Beware of the Long-horned Tick

The new species of tick that has invaded the Eastern United States is raising a lot of questions as to whether it could also be a transmitter of Lyme disease. The long-horned tick has spread rapidly across the U.S, causing growing concern for our health. Here’s an article with further information on the preventative measures you can take to deal with ticks and in particular, this unfamiliar species.

DEP outlines preventative measures for dealing with longhorned ticks

In late 2017, the Asian longhorned tick was found on a sheep in Hunterdon County. As of June 2018, the longhorned tick has been found in five New Jersey counties (Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, and Bergen)and in several other states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Arkansas. The tick is known to occur in humans and a wide range of animals, being documented in deer, sheep, goats, cattle, horses, dogs, raccoons, and opossums in North America.

Of course, it’s not just us humans that we need to keep safe from these pests, our pets and livestock are at risk too. Marylanders in particular have been warned to look out for this particular species.


You can’t be too careful when it comes to ticks, so please keep your eye out and report any possible infestations. Perform a thorough tick check after being outside, and be aware of the symptoms of tick borne diseases, so that should you be concerned, you can seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Preventing tick bites as Lyme disease on the rise

A new report shows that Lyme disease is on the rise in all 50 states, and even in areas where it has not typically been in the past. “If you are out hiking, camping or even just working in your yard, the ticks are there all the time,” said Dr. Alan Taege, and infectious disease doctor with the Cleveland Clinic. “So, you should wear insect repellent for them, and of course, the best ones contain DEET. In addition, you can spray your clothing and some of your camping gear with another chemical compound called permethrin.”

It may be some time before it can be established whether the long-horned tick could be an addition to the Lyme disease spreading tick type, so over compensate and presume every tick is a threat to your health!

 

 

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