New Tick Species Transmits Deadly Disease

New Tick Species

A new tick species is spreading a potentially harmful disease across the United States. The Asian longhorned tick was discovered last year in New Jersey, but as expected, this little critter is making headway across parts of Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Here’s an article with more information:-

New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the U.S.

A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health. The Asian longhorned tick is the first invasive tick to arrive in the United States in about 80 years. It’s native to eastern China, Japan, the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula and is now also established in Australia and New Zealand.

Not just Lyme disease

When it comes to tick-borne infection, it’s not just Lyme disease that we need to be mindful of.  SFTS, the virus that can be transmitted by this type of tick is serious and life-threatening.

Even though the colder months are upon us, these ticks are still at large. They may be keeping themselves warm and hiding away, but they are still out there and when the warmer months come, we need to be aware.

CDC warns of exotic ticks spreading across the nation that may carry diseases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a tick that is spreading widely across the USA. Nine states reported finding the Asian longhorned tick, which carries a variety of pathogens. The CDC said late last week it is investigating how the tick could affect the USA. “The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown. … We are concerned that this tick, which can cause massive infestations on animals, on people and in the environment, is spreading in the United States,” Ben Beard, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said in a statement.

By now we hope that you have some idea as to how to protect yourself from ticks, but if you don’t then it is easy to keep safe. Wear appropriate clothing, use the correct repellent and keep your home safe from ticks by investing in professional tick control. Easy steps to take to stay safe from ticks.

 

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Ticks in the Winter Months

It’s now started to get really cold in some parts of the U.S. Temperatures are dropping below freezing and there’s snow falling, but does this mean that we don’t need to worry so much about ticks in the winter months?

ticks in the winter months

Do you have to worry about ticks in the winter?

The long and the short of it is… yes! You should be thinking about ticks all year round. There’s no need to ‘worry’ about them if you know how to protect yourself from ticks, but there is a need to be mindful that these pesky little critters, although not around nearly as much as they are in the summer, are still lurking about out there. Also, they are still hungry and they may still bite you if you leave yourself vulnerable to them. Here’s an article as to why you should protect yourself.

Do Ticks Bite in the Winter?

Heading outdoors in January? Don’t forget your DEET! While winter weather may mean most bugs are dormant, there’s one important arthropod you should still take steps to avoid. Blood-sucking, disease-carrying ticks may still be active in winter months.

Where do ticks go in the winter months?

Ticks become dormant in the winter. They want to keep warm, so they will either take shelter in a leafy or wooded area or they will latch onto something warm-blooded like a deer. And yes…. that means they could also latch onto us warm-blooded humans too!

Does the freezing weather kill ticks?

Ticks don’t die just because the weather is freezing. Instead, they head to a warm place where they will sit out the cold spells and come out when it’s a little bit warmer. If it’s snowing this can actually help to keep ticks warm because it will provide an insulating layer over the debris they may have used to take shelter.

How should you protect yourself from ticks in winter?

Just like you do in the summer! Wear sensible clothes that cover areas of skin that could be exposed to ticks (like long pants and long sleeves). Apply repellent and keep your tick control up to date.

So if you have some snow and plan to get outside and build a snowman, don’t just wrap up warm for the cold! Wrap up to keep yourself safe from ticks and when you go back indoors, make sure you check there’s no hitchhiking ticks trying to keep warm on YOU!

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Ticks On Your Christmas Tree

Are you feeling in the festive spirit? Have already purchased your Christmas Tree for pride of place in your home during the Holidays? For those of you that buy the artificial kind, this article may not be of great concern, but well worth a read so that you are in the know. But for those of you who enjoy the real thing and bring the outdoors inside with a real tree, then you might want to read the following:

Do real Christmas trees attract bugs?

Trees can be a cosy habitat for bugs, and anything that we bring from outside into our homes will come with the risk that there might just be a few hitchhiking critters on there.

ticks on your Christmas tree

What kind of bugs are in Christmas trees?

Ticks are one type of bug that just loves to live within the branches of a Christmas tree. However, they are probably hanging out there for the winter to wait until the warmer months, so when you bring a tree into your home and place it in some warmth and comfort, ticks could be tricked into thinking that the spring has arrived early. This means they’ll wake up and start to become active, so it’s important that you treat your tree before bringing it into your home.

Keep Your Christmas Tree Free of Bugs

There’s nothing like the smell of an evergreen tree to get you in the holiday spirit. But when you bring a live or cut Christmas tree indoors, some of the insects that have called your Christmas tree home might be joining you for the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know about Christmas tree insects.

Should you spray your Christmas tree?

Aerosol pesticides can be flammable, so you should not spray your tree with them.

Tips For Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh and Fire Safe

Having a live Christmas tree in your home during the holidays can greatly enhance your holiday atmosphere with the smells of pine and the natural beauty of a freshly cut tree. However, it is important to take steps to ensure that your tree stays fresh and fire safe while it is in your home. A fresh and well maintained Christmas tree will not only look good longer, but it will be less of a fire risk.

What should you do if your tree has ticks?

The main concern here is that ticks can carry and transmit Lyme disease, so if you discover your Christmas tree has a few ticks then you want to make sure they don’t pose any threat. If you find any on the floor surrounding your tree then simply vacuum them up and dispose of them safely, outside.  They won’t live long on your tree, because the tree is no longer providing them with a food source, so you will probably find that the ones you find on the floor are already dead.

Remember, if your shopping for your own Christmas tree, then you are entering an environment where many ticks may be hiding out. Make sure you dress appropriately, covering up well to stop any ticks becoming attached to you and do a thorough tick check on your return home.

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Mosquito Awareness for New Dog Owners

For those of you out there who already own a dog, you are probably already familiar with how to make sure your pet pooch is protected from mosquitoes. However, there are many people out there who have made an important addition to their lives and family. Here’s a little mosquito awareness for new dog owners.

What dangers do mosquitoes pose towards your dog?

There are a number of conditions and diseases that your dog can be susceptible to if it gets bitten by a mosquito. Heartworms, West Nile virus and allergic reactions are to name a few. Mosquito-borne diseases in dogs are to be taken seriously, and as a responsible pet owner, you need to know how you can prevent your dog from becoming a victim of one.

mosquito awareness

How do you protect your dog from mosquitoes?

Think about the times of the day when mosquitoes are most active. These are when you want to avoid taking your dog for a walk to reduce the risk of a bite. You can also purchase specially formulated insect repellent for dogs too, so not only should you be spraying yourself with mosquito repellent before you head outdoors, you should be giving your dog a spray too.  Also, as heartworm is caused by mosquitoes, keeping heartworm treatment up to date will also help keep them safe.

Do dogs attract mosquitoes?

As dogs also produce a high level of carbon dioxide when they exhale, just like us humans, they are also very attractive to mosquitoes. They also like body heat and will navigate towards warmth for their feed. Both humans and in fact, many other animals, not just dogs are therefore an appetising meal for a mosquito.

Why do mosquitoes like dog water?

As you know, mosquitoes like to ‘hang out’ in standing water. It’s their preferential breeding ground and so the water bowl for your dog is exactly the kind of place they are looking for. Ensure you empty the bowl regularly. You also want to make sure that any other areas in your yard where water can collect are disposed of, to reduce the risk of mosquitoes around your home and invest in professional mosquito control.

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What To Do If A Tick Is On You

Ticks are so tiny, that it’s easy to not notice that one has latched onto your skin. So if you’ve ventured out into an environment that has the potential to be shared by ticks, you must make sure you do a thorough tick check as soon as possible. Here are a few Q&A’s about what to do if a tick is on you.

Can you feel a tick on you?

You won’t necessarily feel a tick on you because it is so small in size, which means that it is unlikely you will feel it bite you. More often than not, it will look like a tiny speck that could be mistaken for a bit of dirt, but as the tick bites and feeds on your blood, it will increase in size. At this point, you might notice the tick but you won’t necessarily feel it, because it has already burrowed part way into your skin.

tick on you

How do you know if you’ve been bitten by a tick?

You can usually tell if you have been bitten by a tick because the area where you have been bitten will often develop redness or a slight itch. If the tick is infectious and has transmitted harmful bacteria to you, you may also notice flu-like symptoms. Here’s an article with symptoms to look out for.

Tick Bites: Symptoms and Treatments

Tick bites are often harmless, in which case they don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. However, ticks can cause allergic reactions, and certain ticks can pass diseases onto humans and pets when they bite. These can be dangerous or even deadly. Learn how to recognize ticks, the symptoms of tick-borne illnesses, and what to do if a tick bites you.

What happens if a tick is not removed?

The longer a tick is on your body, the higher the chances of contracting a tick-borne virus, such as Lyme disease.  It is important that a tick is removed correctly because if the head gets stuck and is accidentally pulled apart from the rest of the body (leaving the head embedded under the skin) there is a risk of further infection from other forms of bacteria.

How long does a tick need to be on you to transmit disease?

For a tick to get a satisfying feed it can take between 36 to 48 hours. That’s a long time for this disease spreading critter to be attached to your body, which means the potential of transmitting disease is of higher risk, the longer the tick is on you.

What should you do after being bitten by a tick?

If the tick is still on you, remove it carefully. Keep an eye on the wounded area and if you notice any redness, for example, a bull’s eye-shaped rash or feverish like symptoms, you should get in touch with your doctor. The quicker any potential of Lyme disease is detected, the quicker available treatment can be provided.

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Night, Night! Don’t Get A Tick Bite!

If you are reading this just before you head off to bed, you might want to reconsider, because this post has the potential to give you nightmares. Instead of those things that go ‘bump’ in the night, what about those things that go ‘bite’ in the night. A tick bite can happen at any time during the day or night. This following article is about 6 tick borne diseases that might keep you awake.

6 tick-borne illnesses that will haunt your dreams tonight

If you live in an area with a few trees and shrubs, you’re likely cohabitating with a network of bloodsucking, disease-ridden arachnids. That’s right, ticks are your next-door neighbors … except the diseases they carry aren’t neighborly at all.

Not only are there more ticks, these days, there are more diseases that they can transmit to humans. So how can you protect yourself from ticks?

<When we think of ticks, we instantly think about Lyme disease. But what about all the other potential infections on the rise in the U.S and all over the world that we are vulnerable to from a tick bite?

Lyme and other tickborne diseases are on the rise in the U.S. Here’s what that means.

There’s no sign that ticks are backing down. A record high of 59,349 cases of tickborne diseases were reported in 2017 in the United States. That’s a 22 percent increase in cases — or roughly 11,000 more — than were reported in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on November 14.

Sometimes it’s useful to utilize a scare tactic to make people become alert and listen. These nightmare creepy crawlies are very real, and we should be scared… IF, we are not doing what we should to protect ourselves.

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Thankful for Mosquitoes This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s a day to be thankful for all the things in our lives that we are blessed with….even mosquitoes! Throughout the year, our posts remind you of just how troublesome these pests are, the diseases they spread, the misery they cause and how you can protect yourself.  What if we took one day, to recognize why we should be thankful for these pests? It’s hard to find the positives, but here’s a post that might shine a light on these bugs…

8 reasons why we should be thankful for insects!

There are many that would love to see the complete eradication of this troublesome class of creepy crawlies. But before we jump to such extreme measures, let us consider the role that these seemingly insignificant and often irritating creatures play in the environment, as well as our own lives.

There you have it, creepy crawlies do have an important role, which makes perfect sense, but one thing we never wanted to believe was that mosquitoes had an important role too!

Thankful for mosquitoes

So why are mosquitoes important?

We often wish that we lived in a world without mosquitoes. However, they are important in their own way. If these little suckers became extinct tomorrow, there are things that we would have to consider, for example, the importance in aquatic ecology of mosquito larvae.

Are mosquitoes good for anything?

We all know what they are NOT good for, and that’s the transmission of deadly diseases. The irritation from a bite and not to mention how annoying they are when they fly around  you. However, the different species of mosquito are not all necessarily bad. For starters, it’s only the females that bite and have the potential to transmit disease, so that leaves a lot of the males  that could be doing more good than harm because mosquitoes serve important functions in numerous ecosystems.

Okay, so we may not be ‘thankful’ mosquitoes, but there is a positive in every situation, even one that involves mosquitoes, right?

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