Past Winter May Cause Major Invasion of Ticks

Past Winter May Cause Major Invasion of Ticks

The past winter was one of the worst on record and brought all kinds of despair from the storms it produced. Even now it continues to cause havoc in the form of miserable allergies the likes never seen before in sufferers and if that was not enough, scientists also think the wetness from this prior winter may also be leading to a major invasion of ticks.

The organisms feed off of the blood of both humans and animals and their annoying bites also are able to spread diseases such as Lyme disease. The number of ticks and frequencies of the infections they carry have risen considerably over the last twenty years or so, stated a scientist from the School of Biological Sciences which is located at Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

With the winter being one of the coldest, wettest winters on record, that could easily cause a tick invasion because such winters on top of wet springs and summers are the perfect breeding ground for the parasites.

Dr. Richard Wall, who works as a Professor of Zoology at Bristol University, led research at a nature park in the city of Bristol to study the changes in habitation management and movements in animal hosts like deer or squirrel could be somewhat responsible.

Wall explained that green areas which are used heavily used by both the general public and also their pets can bring together all the needed ingredients to generate a high threat of infestation of ticks in a certain region. It is extremely important that people makes sure they stay aware of such risks and also always make sure to check themselves often for the bugs if they happen to visit tick ridden areas very much. If they find themselves bitten, be sure to remove any ticks quickly.

The research study trailed dogs as the animals went on walks and chronicled when and where they were bitten in order to discover what part of the grassy and wooded part of the park were the worst, predominantly where deer were grazing.

In using dogs to meter the chance to human beings, the researchers determined that contact to biting ticks seemed to be surprisingly high this year and people needed to be alerted about the risk and to become more aware of the higher risks, even in parks.

Ticks need to be removed from the body just as soon as possible in order to lessen the chance of Lyme disease. That illness can affect the heart, nervous system, joints, and skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it has been reported that Lyme disease is considered the seventh most common disease in the United States. However the illness has not yet been reported all over the nation and so far has only shown up seriously in the northeastern and upper Midwest.

This past winter was one of the worst on record and continues to cause havoc in the form of a major invasion of ticks.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

Environmental News

Brunch News

The Independent

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