Skip to comments.Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer
Posted on 06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT by blam
June 16, 2014
Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday.
Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said.
"The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease professor at Tufts University and an authority on Lyme disease.
"That's when the nymphal ticks emerge and appear in large numbers. It's going to be gangbusters the next few weeks," Telford said.
The nymphs, some as small as a period in a newspaper, are much harder to detect than the full-grown ticks more commonly seen in the fall.
At a site he monitors on Nantucket, Telford found twice the number of ticks last week as he did last year.
The University of Rhode Island, which operates the Tick Encounter Resource Center, has placed its tick alert level at red, or high, for the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region based on reports from a network of tick surveyors.
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. Early symptoms include headache, muscle pain and fatigue, and in some cases a tell-tale bullseye rash.
The incidence of Lyme disease continues to rise in the region. New Hampshire health authorities reported nearly 1,700 cases of Lyme disease last year and the state now has the nation's highest incidence of the disease per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
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Mosquitoes are really bad this year too. I was just up in Michigan and I was nearly eaten alive.
If you think you were bit, jump in a bathtub w/ at least 4 cups equal parts of baking soda and epsom salts, stay submerged to your neck for at least half an hour and continually dunk your hair and face.
No wonder mortality rates were so high before they discovered Lyme disease.
It's Always Something. (IAS)
I had one of those on my ankle last year. Didn't know it till I rubbed my ankle and felt something hard (picture rubbing a fish against the scales) that's what it felt like. I removed it and showed it to my doctor. He thought it was a gnat and didn't take me seriously till I said I had to pull it off. Said to return if a bulls eye appears.
Anyway, that thing was super tiny! How in the blazes are we supposed to find them on our pets?
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
“....ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather.”
Chalk up another one for Global Warming /s
Short of DDT, what area sprays could one hit their property with to cut down the tick population, hypothetically?
I know they do something like this up in Canada to keep the ticks from killing the moose population there. There must be something available on the market that could be sprayed into treelines and bushes to knock down the ticks.
Ideally, this would be a 1-2-3 effort, where the ticks are knocked down now, and then in 4-5 months, something else gets sprayed to destroy any eggs, and then next spring yet a third chemical gets put out just after snowmelt to kill any nymphs that might have survived the other two.
oceans turning acidic
Why sweat the small stuff?
I remember my old man had a motorized fogger for mosquitoes up at our cabin - up until the mid-seventies. Not sure if it was DDT or not. I’m guessing there must be something that can be used. There are cans of “Off” that are foggers - so perhaps there is something for ticks.
This really ticks me off!
Here in the city I’m living in in India, the fancy resort hotel down the road has a team of gardeners that canvass their property every evening with backpack foggers to knock down the mosquito population.
From what I’m reading online, it’s either Permethrin or a related product, and most of the write-ups are all framed from the perspective of “ooh, I really don’t want to use chemicals so I can be organic” and how these products aren’t *that* bad.
Thing is, I *WANT* bad. I don’t really care about being “organic” or “low-impact”. I want something really horrific that I can have the pest company fog into my treeline 3 or 4 times over a period of a month or so, and I won’t have to worry about my kid contracting Lyme disease if she plays hide-and-seek in there. I’ll wash the stuff from my garden thoroughly, and we won’t go play in the woods for a day or so after each treatment, if that’s what it takes.
Pyrethrum or a synthetic variant such as Permethrin. But for God's sake find out all the critters that this stuff kills before you go spraying it around your yard and kill your daughter's cat.
not just deer ticks but White Tailed Deer Ticks
The widespread use of permethrin is actually making the bugs become resistant and is harmful to small kids. DDT would be the best, but in our case Thieves oil packs a punch. There is also peppermint oil, cinnamon oil all atomized and the bugs hate the smell, Lemongrass is awesome, that is what citronella is made from.
I am chemically sensitive, so yes, I do the organic route.
But , I do agree about DDT. Just let me know when it is legal again so I can and bunker for a few weeks!
The "bulls-eye rash " occurs only in 50 % of the cases
The bulls-eye is only but one observable indicator
The bacterium is like a spirocete and virus in that it has a flagella (tail-like ) that allows it to travel through the bloodstream
if it rests in a bone joint, it can become arthiritis
If it rests in avital organ , it can manifest itself in many ways .
It has the ability to form an 'over coat' , like a virus , and can lay dormant for 15 - 20 years before it reappears.
Most doctors don't know how to treat it as the symtoms can lay dormant for a number of years, depending on where they lay dormant.
If bitten , contact a doctor who has current information about tick bites; if ignorqant , get another doctor for tratment .
Like ADD (learning disability), there are no specific symptoms - but rather a series of symptoms, some of which may , or may not , occur.
Treatment : Antibiotics for 14 - 21 days
Search online for specifics and recent suggestions and more recent information.
Prevention : Rubber bands on long pant legs , and/or , spray with pyrethrum (natural/ flower insecticides)
Wear 'flea collars' specific to fleas and ticks for annimals, especially where deer are known to inhabit.
Ticks are known to alternately infect rabbits , chipmonks, squirrels, and other 'warm blooded' annimals .
I had three tick bites last summer while visiting friends in New Hampshire, and after doing internet research online, I knew more than my doctor.
This is an unknown issue that many doctors will overlook, or be ignorant about; be assertive as you may know know more than the doctor !
Get antibiotic treatment within the first week and you may overcome this debiliatating disease of Lyme , or several other diseases that the tick is the vector of creating.
This is nothing to screw with ..
It bugs me too!
My sister caught Lyme Disease trail riding on her horse, two years ago. She thought it was not something to worry about. However, the Lyme, bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, did damage to her heart muscle control system. One heart chamber began pushing the blood out in an irregular manner causing blood cavitations. These blood cavitations eventually caused a blood clot in her brain, causing a lost of function in one side of her body. Luckily, she made it to the hospital soon enough to mitigate the damage. At 59 she has to walk with a cane. She no longer has her horse.
You are spot on! Read my Post #23. Lyme Disease is a killer.
I contracted Lyme Disease in 1994, after a tick bite in the woods of the Virginia Mountains (Clark County, 1 hour west of DC). I was treated about two months after the tickbite, when I had an infection I thought was a toothache in my left jaw. The tick bit me on my waistline.
I had a second treatment in September, with higher grade antibiotics. then, on December 21, they found me walking in those woods, incoherent and with low body temp, low pulse rate, and low blood pressure.
It was January 2 before they actually properly diagnosed me, and began a daily intravenous drip of a powerful anti- and it worked well.
I could have died quite easily had I not been observed and help called. God looks after us fools. I did not know I had it for two months, because when I discovered the tick I just pulled it off and flushed it.
BUT, any time you get a tickbite of ANY kind, assume the worst and get checked. In 1994, due to low incidence nationally, my blood sample was sent to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis. Today the testing can be done locally almost anywhere Lyme Disease has been observed.
I’ve sprayed Sevin around my yard for years. My dogs are both gone now though.
It’s too late.Those damn ticks are already out there.I took my dog for a walk and upon ending it I found three ticks on her and all we did was walk on the grass along the roads.
Check your dog immediately after there walk so you can catch those critters before they have a chance to hide.
Soviet Red Hampshire is LOADED with ticks this year...a judgement against people who support abortion and sodomite marriage, I suppose.
Already had Lyme Disease positive dogs this Summer. I rarely find the disease but it seems this Spring is different.
“Said to return if a bulls eye appears.”
Less than 50% of Lyme infected patients actually get that bulls eye rash.
“I knew more than my doctor.”
It’s easy to know more than most doctors who think the CDC is the last and best word on everything. On Lyme, the CDC knows Jack. Unfortunately, more than 300,000 cases of Lyme are being diagnosed every year(those are just the ones being caught). That’s more than AIDS numbers. But, right now, it’s simply not pc enough to be looked at seriously by the CDC who really want to look good in front of sodomy activists.
West Michigan - the mosquitoes are still really bad. Found a tick for the first time on my 10 year old maltese mix about 3 weeks ago. We keep his hair super short plus it’s thin as he is 1/4 yorkie. It was up at the base of his neck an easily felt spot and when I discovered it, it had already swollen to the size of a raisin. Smashed the cr@p out of that little bugger and my dog had an open sore from the head of the tick about 1cm in diameter. Kept it doused with peroxide. We live on 10 acres of dense woods and in 10 years this is the first one he has had.
I use K9 Advantix for my dogs. Repels and kills ticks up to 4 weeks. Repels and kills mosquitoes for 4 weeks (for those up in Michigan :)). Not safe for cats.
My neighbor died from Lyme at 42. When he contracted it it was unknown in this area so diagnosis was very late. Despite aggressive treatment later, damage before death included both hip replacements, brain damage, heart damage. This is nothing to mess around with.
I've read that often times when a doctor makes a Lyme Disease diagnosis in a 'new' area, property values decline.
My only word of advice is that doxycyline does a number on your body! Stay out of the sun and take plenty of probiotics!
This is the most under diagnosed disease in the country and believe me FRiends,
It is in every state in the the Union, this is not just an east coast thing.
I friend of mine who spends a lot of time on Cape Cod in the summer, found a tick in her bed. She found a bull eye spot and then later, after she came back to Houston she became extremely sick with fever, terrible pain and swelling in her knees.
Yes, all the signs but she was tested and she did not have Lyme disease. I would have insisted that my doctor treat me as if I had it, but she would not do that. I think she was in denial and the blood test was all she needed to continue denying it.
” At 59 she has to walk with a cane.
Good lord,she’s lucky to be alive.
She was treated with antibiotics and was okay.
Somebody will blame this on Global Warming (TM), as sure as I’m sitting here.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Was the child bitten where you live now or here?
Oh please - if you believe that, then explain why a rural red county that does not support abortion and sodomite marriage in Virginia is LOADED with ticks this year? It is only the 17th of June and we have been pulling ticks off of the 3 of us and the dog and cats since mid-May.
All the summer bugs turned up early. Even the lightning bugs were out in force in May, which is unusual. It’s even more unusual given the very cold, late winter that we had.
Now that you mention it — I haven’t seen lightning bug one yet. Which is really weird, but I hadn’t even thought about it.
As to fleas and ticks, it seems we run in cycles around here - I’ll be inundated with ticks, as we currently are, yet a friend 5 miles down the road hasn’t encountered one, but is infested with fleas and I’m not having a problem with them.
I’ve found a few tiny deer ticks on the dogs and even one crawling on my leg, but I’ve seen much worse. Ticks are out but their numbers are not unusual here.
A touch of sarcasm, to be sure...but this Nation is under judgement at this time, and the people of this country need to repent. I certainly DO believe that.
I believe for the first time ever, last week, I saw a deer tick.
And it was stuck on ME!
Luckily, I think it just started - I thought it was a tiny speck of dirt until I had to pick it away, and saw LEGS!
So here in MD, yes, I had a deer tick and am watching the site.
Deer ticks, not just any ticks. Those are the ones to be worried about. How are the deer ticks?
I’ve only ever seen dog ticks in my life until last year, I think I ran across a Lone Star. Then I found a deer tick on myself last week. That scared the bejeebers out of me.
We’ve got deer ticks here as well as dog ticks. We had to find a new family doctor because ours, who did extensive research into Lyme, had his license suspended because the medical board didn’t like how he was choosing to treat the numerous cases of Lyme around here. He chose to retire to just continue his research instead of fighting the establishment.
What is the purpose of doing this?
I have just pulled a tick off of me...