Tag: Lyme Disease

Identifying spiders vs. ticks

January 17, 2019 By
The easiest way to identify a tick is by the number of legs it has. Like other arachnids, ticks have eight legs in the nymph and adult stages, but only six legs in the larval stage (the so-called “seed tick”... Read more»
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Quiz: How much do you actually know about ticks?

March 26, 2018 By
Think you’re a tick expert? This quiz may prove otherwise… Read more»
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Ticks: Powassan virus can kill in 15 minutes

June 29, 2017 By
Doctors and hikers alike are on high alert with the expansion of the Powassan virus, a potentially fatal infection spread by ticks in the Great Lakes region. This virus can be tricky because the first warnings are simply flu-like symptoms,... Read more»
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Ticks expand their US distribution

April 8, 2016 By
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases researchers Drs. Rebecca Eisen, Lars Eisen and Charles Ben Beard finds that two Lyme disease vector species are being documented more frequently in... Read more»
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Pest Pressure: Feral Cats, Lyme Disease and Ticks

July 13, 2015 By
What? Feral cat, Felis catus Where? Decaying urban infrastructures Why? As top-of-the-food-chain carnivore predators, adult cats become strays and then feral if their offspring don’t have early contact with humans. If adult feral cats aren’t spayed or neutered, a female... Read more»
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Massachusetts Faces Tick Trouble, Despite Harsh Winter

April 21, 2015 By
Tick-borne illnesses are a concern in Massachusetts, where the winter’s heavy snow may have saved the insects from freezing to death during record low temperatures. Lyme disease is just one illness ticks carry. The Powassan virus also is transmitted by ticks,... Read more»
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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May 7, 2014 By
CHICAGO—Bird-X has distributed the following release to the public: Lyme Disease is exclusively transmitted by deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis), who’ve earned their name by regularly parasitizing deer. Also known as black-legged ticks, these pests are also regularly found on animals... Read more»
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Tips and Tricks: Pets aren’t Only Reason for Fleas and Ticks

March 20, 2014 By
While fleas and ticks can be associated with pets, it isn’t necessarily the case in all structural pest control situations. Ticks are a problem most commonly outdoors, particularly around homes in wooded areas, regardless of whether the family has pets.... Read more»
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2013: Year of the Flea and Tick

September 10, 2013 By
Veterinarians and pet groomers nationwide agree: It’s been a banner year for fleas and ticks. Warm, moist weather has led to one of the earliest flea seasons on record and vets and pet owners have noticed. Ticks, and the deadly... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Ticks

February 1, 2013 By
Fiction: All ticks carry Lyme disease. Fact: The only ticks that transmit Lyme disease are the blacklegged species (Ixodes scapularis). This means you cannot get Lyme disease from other insect species like mosquitoes or flies. Fiction: Ticks jump onto hosts... Read more»
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