black legged ticks http://michiganradio.org en This holiday weekend, be on guard against ticks and mosquitoes http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-weekend-be-guard-against-ticks-and-mosquitoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If you’re doing anything outdoors this holiday weekend—from camping to gardening in the backyard—you should be on the lookout for ticks and mosquitoes.</p><p>Public health officials warn that tick populations are booming throughout the state this season.</p><p>“We’ve seen a lot of tick activity increase in the last couple of weeks,” says Angela Minicuci, Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:37:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13386 at http://michiganradio.org This holiday weekend, be on guard against ticks and mosquitoes There's a tick boom in Michigan - Here are 5 things you should know http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know <p>On today's Environment Report, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/tick-populations-continue-rise-michigan">we talked about ticks</a>.</p><p>Michigan State University entomologist Howard Russell told me that tick season is booming in Michigan this year.</p><p>And the boom is happening in areas where ticks were relatively rare a few years ago.<br><br>Specifically, Russell says the blacklegged tick population is expanding in Michigan. Those are the bad ones. The suckers that can carry Lyme disease.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:54:51 +0000 Rebecca Williams 12877 at http://michiganradio.org There's a tick boom in Michigan - Here are 5 things you should know Blacklegged tick population booms along west Michigan shoreline http://michiganradio.org/post/blacklegged-tick-population-booms-along-west-michigan-shoreline <p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/blacklegged.html">Blacklegged ticks</a> &ndash; formerly known as deer ticks - are historically rare in the Lower Peninsula. But over the past decade, that&rsquo;s been changing. The tick population is booming along the west Michigan shoreline.</p><p>Erik Foster is a medical entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health. He&rsquo;s been studying the tick population as it&rsquo;s been moving north.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been so rapid, anecdotal reports say within the last five years of these ticks moving in and just really flourishing. Because of the habitat, and because of the amount of hosts they have to feed on.&rdquo;</p><p>He says the Lake Michigan shoreline is a good habitat for ticks.</p><p>Foster says because the winter was so mild, more mice and chipmunks survived. Those animals are hosts for ticks, and that means more ticks made it through the winter too.</p><p>He says deer and birds are also hosts for ticks, and they&#39;re transporting the insects north.</p><p>Foster says blacklegged ticks can transmit Lyme disease. He recommends wearing insect repellant that contains DEET and checking yourself and your pets for ticks after you walk in tall grass or in the woods.</p><p>You can learn more about ticks in this document from the state of Michigan:<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/resize_307382_7.pdf"> Ticks and Your Health</a>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:05:25 +0000 Rachel Lane for The Environment Report 7936 at http://michiganradio.org Blacklegged tick population booms along west Michigan shoreline If you plan on walking in the woods this weekend, watch out for ticks http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-plan-walking-woods-weekend-watch-out-ticks <p>Tens of thousands of Michiganders will spend this holiday weekend camping or just going for a long walk in the woods.&nbsp;&nbsp; But state health officials are warning that you may come into contact with ticks.</p><p> Sun, 27 May 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7577 at http://michiganradio.org If you plan on walking in the woods this weekend, watch out for ticks