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Ticks 101

Written by Tracy VanBrabant Tick season is here! So here is Ticks 101. What Are Ticks? The best description that I’ve ever heard is that ticks are little walking bags of pathogens. A more scientific description is that they are a little 8 legged parasitic arachnids that feed off the blood of a host. Hosts include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and search and rescue volunteers. Knowing that a tick is an arachnid, and not an insect is important. Regular insect repellents and insecticides don’t work on arachnids. Ticks often start to make their appearance in May. Last year it started in...