Spring on the Oregon coast is beautiful. But with it, unfortunately, come some insects that are potentially dangerous to animals and humans. Read on for tips on ticks.
Tips on Ticks
If you live in North Carolina here is some bad news on the Asian Longhorn Tick. Aka, Clone tick. Cow deaths by Clone Tick.
CDC has tips on ticks and how to deal with these pesky critters.
Adult ticks wait on the tops of grasses, brush, and the tips of tree limbs ready to drop upon a suitable host that happen by. Like elk, deer, dogs, and humans.
Tips on ticks abundant in Elk and Deer Habitat
Walking through a field where elk inhabit will more often than not, find you carrying a number of these nasty hitchhiker's on your clothing. In addition, if you take your dog along with you on your hikes through the woods, they too will carry many ticks back home. It is important to check for ticks constantly while you are out hiking and when you return home.
Rocky Mountain Tick Fever
My brother-in-law had a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever years ago and became very ill. I have had several friends, who after repeated attempts to diagnose bizarre symptoms of illness, tested positive for Lyme’s Disease.
Check for ticks
I once removed a tick from the middle of my Mothers back when I was eleven years old. Which is the most helpless place to have a tick if you are by yourself. It would fit nicely in “Dark Stories of Survival," or the scariest!
Lyme Disease Update
“The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours to inject the bacteria is completely outdated,” she said. “There are studies that show that an attachment of 15 minutes can give you anaplasmosis, 10 minutes for the Powassan virus, and for the different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, we have no idea.” ~Dr. Nevena Zubcevik
Here is an update on Lyme Symptoms and treatment by Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, the attending physician at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zubcevik research has debunked much of the current information on Lymes disease.
- "In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change.
- The EPA tracks Lyme disease across the US as an official barometer of climate change
Pets and Ticks
- We had a lot of dogs, cats, and horses when growing up. We wandered everywhere in woods and field so ticks have always been present in our lives. I removed ticks from our horses in the spring and fall, anything with blood is a potential victim of the tick! Ticks bite even Lizards, and amazing things happen. Lizards Slow Lyme’s Disease
Be Tick Aware
- Tips on Ticks. During tick season maximize your tick awareness. You must think tick! Think tick and your mind and body will respond and alert you when you have one or six crawling on you.
Use a strong mosquito repellent like Deet. Or even better use Permethrin as a tick repellent. Apply to cuffs and waist and belt line of your pants. Wear light-colored long sleeve shirts, pants, and hats can also be helpful as a deterrent to tick bites.