Ticks to look out for – by state

Even though nearly all media attention is on mosquitoes this summer, most people fear ticks more. At A Bug Day in Gastonia in May, I talked to several people who weren’t as worried about mosquitoes as they were about ticks. Perhaps that’s because ticks attach to a person and hang on for a while.

If a tick bites you or someone in your family, you’re probably going to go to the doctor’s office. And what is the doctor going to ask? Probably what kind of tick bit you! Each tick transmits a different pathogen, so it’s important to know which species of tick bit you. That will help the doctor determine what to treat you for. Continue reading

University of Florida scientists find brown dog ticks resistant to major pest control treatment

For several years the brown dog tick has been eluding homeowners and pest control professionals after treatment, leading many homeowners to drastic measures to get rid of the pests. After years of studying the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), University of Florida entomologists are learning why some chemicals are no longer effective against the pest, and which ones still work.

In 2009, University of Florida entomologist Phil Kaufman received a USDA Southern Regional IPM grant to study whether the brown dog tick was developing resistance to permethrin and fipronil, the two major active ingredients in spot treatments for pets. Kaufman said that he would get calls from people whose houses were overrun with ticks after they tried unsuccessfully to get rid of them.

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