How to Grow and Care for Red Oak Trees Quercus rubra
28.09.2023 - 23:33 / southernliving.com
Whether you’re hiking, picnicking, or working in your garden, ticks are a year-round risk in the South. These blood suckersfind a host by sensing odors, heat, vibrations, and shadows or by “questing” on the tips of grasses with their front legs extended—waiting for a person or animal to brush by them.
Once ticks sense a host is near, they scramble onto their victims. “Ticks can’t fly or jump, but they grab onto your clothes or your pet’s fur and then start searching for a place to embed,” says Eric Benson, PhD, professor emeritus and extension entomologist atClemson University. “They wander around until they find a good spot to attach, but you often don’t feel them.”
Although not every tick carries disease, some can transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and southern tick-associated rash illness, or STARI, says Benson. Although the data isn’t conclusive, researchers believe it takes some time for an infected tick to vector, or transmit, the pathogens. That means the sooner you can remove a tick that’s attached to you or your pet, the better.
Ahead, here’s what else you need to know about how to get rid of ticks:Types Of Ticks
There are many different species, but Benson says the most common types of ticks in the South include:
· Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) with the adult female having a single white dot in the center of a brown body. These are the most abundant type in the Southeast.
· Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), or deer tick, which is reddish-brown
· American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), which is brown with whitish-gray markings
· Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus
How to Grow and Care for Red Oak Trees Quercus rubra
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