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tick population explosion

Tick Population Explosion

Tick Population Explosion

Does it seem to you like ticks are suddenly everywhere? Why and how is this happening?

Blood analysis of Otzi,  a 5,300 year old ice mummy recently discovered in the Eastern Alps of Italy , showed that the man carried borrelia burgdorferi, marking the first known case of Lyme disease in a human.

We’ve seen a significant increase in reported cases of Lyme and other tick borne diseases across the continent  in the last decade. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 500,000 new cases of Lyme each year in the United States alone. This massive jump in tick populations and tick-borne diseases has occurred in part due to changing climate conditions, and human encroachment on natural tick habitats. Ticks are now no longer found only in rural forested areas, but in urban areas and city centres as well.

Ticks are undeniably resilient and have been crawling the earth since at least the Cretaceous Era, 100  million years ago.

Ticks require multiple blood meals to sustain them through each phase of their life cycle, and it’s through this series of feedings that they acquire and spread disease. Ticks can pick up Lyme and a multitude of other diseases from each meal source, then pass those pathogens along to their next hosts, including larger wildlife, humans and our animal

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