black legged ticks

The Environment Report
12:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Tick boom continues in Michigan; here's what you need to know about Lyme disease

A black-legged tick
Scott Bauer USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Learn about your risk for Lyme disease on today's Environment Report.

Time to break out the long pants: Tick season is back!

The past couple of years we've had a tick boom along the west side of the state and it's happening again this year.

Erik Foster is the medical entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health. He says reported Lyme disease cases rose 60% last year – from 98 in 2012 to 165 in 2013. 

He says it’s not clear yet whether we're going to see anything as dramatic as that this year, but so far this year is looking like another banner year for ticks.

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Environment & Science
4:37 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

This holiday weekend, be on guard against ticks and mosquitoes

A lone star tick
Credit CDC

  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.

Public health officials warn that tick populations are booming throughout the state this season.

“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.

Whether you’re in a grassy area like a park or out in the woods, ticks can be hanging around. There are two key ways to guard against them.

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Environment & Science
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

There's a tick boom in Michigan - Here are 5 things you should know

A blacklegged tick identification guide
CDC

On today's Environment Report, we talked about ticks.

Michigan State University entomologist Howard Russell told me that tick season is booming in Michigan this year.

And the boom is happening in areas where ticks were relatively rare a few years ago.

Specifically, Russell says the blacklegged tick population is expanding in Michigan. Those are the bad ones. The suckers that can carry Lyme disease.

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3:57 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lyme-Infested Ticks In Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

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Interlochen Public Radio reports that vacationers heading up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore should be on the lookout for ticks this year, as some could be infected with the Lyme parasite.
For the first time, Lyme-infested ticks have been found at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The risk is highest at North Manitou Island, where almost half of the nearly 200 black-legged ticks were infected with the Lyme parasite, according to a Michigan Department of Community Health report.
Environment & Science
12:05 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Blacklegged tick population booms along west Michigan shoreline

Blacklegged ticks are increasing in Michigan, especially in counties along the western shoreline.
CDC

Blacklegged ticks – formerly known as deer ticks - are historically rare in the Lower Peninsula. But over the past decade, that’s been changing. The tick population is booming along the west Michigan shoreline.

Erik Foster is a medical entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health. He’s been studying the tick population as it’s been moving north.

“It’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.”

He says the Lake Michigan shoreline is a good habitat for ticks.

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.

He says deer and birds are also hosts for ticks, and they're transporting the insects north.

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.

You can learn more about ticks in this document from the state of Michigan: Ticks and Your Health.

Environment & Science
1:01 am
Sun May 27, 2012

If you plan on walking in the woods this weekend, watch out for ticks

A Black Legged Tick
(Michael Levin, Centers for Disease Control)

Tens of thousands of Michiganders will spend this holiday weekend camping or just going for a long walk in the woods.   But state health officials are warning that you may come into contact with ticks.

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