The truth about ticks

About the time I wrote my annual story about the Minnesota Department of Health’s annual warning about ticks, an email arrived from someone representing insectshield.com.

The company called Insect Shield makes apparel designed to keep ticks and other vermin away.

If this blog were wearing insect-repellant clothing, it wouldn’t have a deer tick attached to it.

But the information they provided was from the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center.Their website is tickencounter.com.

Here are their top 10 facts you need to know about ticks, only two of which might lead you to patronize the Insect Shield folks:

  1. Ticks crawl up. They don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees.
  2. All ticks, including deer ticks, come in small, medium and large sizes.
  3. Ticks can be active even in winter. Deer ticks aren’t killed by freezing conditions and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. This, of course, excludes almost all winter days in northern Minnesota.
  4. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes.
  5. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria.
  6. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection.
  7. Deer tick nymphs look like poppy seed on your skin.
  8. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer.
  9. Clothing with built-in tick repellant is best for preventing tick bites.
  10. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are preventable. “Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellant clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites,” tickencounter.com explains.

You can reach John Lundy at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

 

One thought on “The truth about ticks

  1. I have Chronic Lyme’s disease for forty plus years. I’ve heard from a source that Lyme is in all bugs. Lyme is under reported. It is not curable when it reaches past window which is days. You have very short time to catch illness to be able to treat with antibiotic’s. This health care system in MN. Can not help some one with chronic Lyme. If you try you kill me or put me in a coma. I’ve been in a coma many times from antibiotic’s. It has been said people who have Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS, and many other illnesses really have Lyme. A pathologist I know found lymes bacteria in Alzheimer’s brain on deceased person. Your best treatments for chronic Lyme is holistic medicines. I know some one who perfectly healthy from her past chronic Lyme illness. Problem is I cannot access holistic treatments, because my insurances won’t pay for holistic medical care. Sad isn’t it. This community had better admit that chronic lymes exists. It’s making this government broke. If only insurances like Medica and Medicare would pay for holistic medical care. People had a choice. Who to see. This country’s health care systems might turn them selves around. Holistic medical care is cheaper. But doctors just want to keep people sick. If there were no sick people these doctors would not be making so much money. Are health care costs would go down. Another thing you can pass on Lyme bacteria to unborn baby. If pregnant. I did I gave it to my son who now is living my legacy. This Lyme bacteria mutates becomes part human. Tests labs do not recognize mutated bacteria. I’m probably going to die unless some miracle can help me. But my mother died. From it. And it wasn’t a pretty. Gross your not able to be shown at a funeral.

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