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Can Ticks Swim?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Ticks are found throughout North America in grassy and wooded areas. While we know that ticks cannot jump or fly, we have to ask can ticks swim?

Ticks cannot swim. Their bodies are not built well enough to be submerged under water. However, if a tick is found on the body, they can survive embedded in the skin. This means that ticks found on the body will survive in bathtubs, swimming pools and showers if on an individual.

Lyme Disease, one of the most common tick diseases, affects nearly 300,000 individuals each year. Ticks are found in all parts of the United States during all seasons with special emphasis on spring and summer when the weather is hot.

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Tick Watch Underway In Pennsylvania

Ticks are being collected in every county in Pennsylvania in a 5-year surveillance program announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.According to DEP, the environmental surveillance of ticks aims to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.DEP also coordinates the mosquito, bird and [...]

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Warm Weather Draws Concerns For Ticks

Traditionally, tick season begins in March as the weather cruises above freezing. Being that the climate is still on the cooler side, ticks are hiding underneath logs, leaves and fur of animals for insulation. But, more than warmth, ticks are out to find their next blood meal; and they are seeking white-tailed deer, rodents, pets [...]

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Tick Diseases Soar To Record High In U.S.

The number of infections carried by ticks has hit a record high in the United States, according to a new report. Nearly 60,000 people were diagnosed with a tickborne infection, mostly Lyme disease, in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. And that’s almost certainly just a fraction of the true count. “The true number [...]

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Mom Explains Child's Tick Bite

NEW SALEM, Pa. — A New Salem mom is sharing her daughter's battle with lyme disease, hoping it will save other parents from going through the same thing.Morgan Rogers, 4, was diagnosed with lyme disease in June. Her mother, Gina Rogers, says she noticed a black speck in her daughter's ear June 8th, but didn't realize [...]

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Tick Bites Transmit More Than Lyme

Last summer, 11-year-old Gus was beyond excited to attend his first Boy Scout campout without his parents.“Me and my husband believed he’d be fine on the trip because he’s super independent, but I remember telling my husband I was worried about ticks because how often does an 11-year-old reapply spray?” Gus’s mom, Lesley, explained.Nevertheless, she [...]

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Powassan Virus Strikes In Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY  — A rare case of Powassan virus has been confirmed in Columbia County, county health officials report.The person who was diagnosed with the virus — a rare, but serious disease that is transmitted to humans by ticks — is "recovering well," according to Dr. Ananthakrishnan Ramani, chief of infectious diseases and microbiology at [...]

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It's Great Outdoors Month!

Oh, summer; the perfect excuse to be outside and doing all the active activities you love: hiking, biking, swimming and having camp fires with friends. Being that June is Great Outdoors Month, Deerbusters wants to revisit the topic of deer ticks. Let's review what we know about tick movement in summer. Spring and summer are the [...]

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Deerbusters' "Tick Talk" With Dr. Daniel Cameron

Deerbusters sat down with Daniel Cameron, MD. to discuss the dangers of ticks and Lyme Disease. We met with him at his medical practice in Mt. Kisco, NY.  Watch what he has to say about tick disease: Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH, is a nationally recognized leader for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment [...]

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How Children React To Tick Bites

Everyone responds differently to tick bites; and the list of Lyme Disease symptoms is not set in stone - especially for children. In fact, the first sign of tick bites in children is a rash; but not necessarily the traditional 'Bulls-eye' marking. To stop the itching, swelling and redness associated with the bite, give your child [...]

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