Here’s How to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease

By Hannah Foster The onset of spring and summer means barbecues, camping, hiking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. However, warmer weather also means ticks. Tick bites spread numerous pathogens that can cause serious diseases. Among these pathogens is the bacterial species Borrelia burgdorferi. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) carries and transmits B. burgdorferi […]

Study Examines Bed Bug Infestations in 2,372 Low-income Apartments in New Jersey

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By Hannah Foster “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard countless times, though you most likely didn’t take the mildly ominous bedtime expression too seriously. But lately, this saying may be a little too true for comfort, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his team of researchers […]

Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease Reported in 48.6% of U.S. Counties

By Hannah Foster Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is spread to humans by two tick varieties: the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is responsible for most cases of Lyme disease in the United States, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), the culprit for cases […]

What Can Insects and Mites Tell Us About Water Quality?

By Hannah Foster If you take a cup of water from a pond, stream, or even a dirty drainage ditch and look at it closely, you’ll find that it is teaming with miniscule life. Some of the organisms you’re nearly certain to spot are water mites, a highly diverse group of tiny arthropods (most less […]

TickSpotters Can Help You Identify Ticks and Learn How to Protect Yourself

By Hannah Foster Oh no! You’ve found a tick! Who ya gonna call? TICKSPOTTERS! Maybe ticks haven’t started popping up in your neighborhood yet, but they probably will soon. That’s why it’s important to have what I like to call an “Emergency Tick Protocol,” or ETP. Here’s an example of a typical ETP I used […]