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Researchers Discover A New Disease Carrying Tick

Filed under: Exterminator Nj,New Jersey Exterminator — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:06 am June 20, 2017

Researchers Discover A New Disease Carrying TickTick Control

Deer ticks are well known for spreading Lyme disease to humans and animals. When you hear about ticks spreading Lyme disease, then you are most likely hearing about deer ticks. Anybody who lives in a region where deer ticks are common knows how difficult they can be to spot. Now, to make preventing Lyme disease even more difficult, researchers have discovered a new type of deer tick that is even smaller than the ones we already know about. Researchers are calling this new disease carrying deer tick the “dwarf deer tick”.

Scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) were the first to discover this new miniature deer tick. Normal female adult deer ticks are around three millimeters in length. This is about the same size as a freckle, so these deer ticks are already hard to spot. However, the dwarf deer tick is half the normal size, with a body length of only one and a half millimeters. This tiny size makes these dwarf deer ticks barely visible to the naked eye, and the dwarf deer ticks nymphs are, of course, even smaller. The discovery of the dwarf deer tick happened to occur at the same time when researchers learned that the amount of infected deer ticks in the wild had reached sky-high levels.

In an effort to learn more about this newly discovered deer tick, scientists are asking the public to capture and submit any deer ticks they find to entomology labs.

Typically, around twenty seven percent of deer ticks carry the Lyme disease pathogen. However, after analyzing the ticks that had been sent to entomology labs, researchers now believe that thirty eight percent of deer ticks carry the pathogen. In fact, some regions of the United States may see up to fifty percent of the deer tick population infected with Lyme pathogens. Researchers are still in the process of determining how these dwarf deer ticks will affect the rates of Lyme disease in the human population.

Have you ever found a deer tick that had been burrowing in your skin for a while? If you have, did you fall ill?