Ticks-2022 Season is about upon us! New Ticks & New Diseases.
Ticks are on the rise worldwide at alarming rates. The numbers of ticks are increasing, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, ticks are being found in new and far reaching regions, and new species of ticks keep being discovered!
One line of thought is that global warming may be a contributing factor to the pandemic (as if one pandemic at a time wasn’t enough!) rise of ticks.
As reported by the CDC: From 2004 through 2016 A total of 642,602 cases of disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea were reported in the U.S.
The number of reported tickborne diseases more than doubled in 13 years and accounted for more than 60 percent of all reported mosquito-borne, tick-borne, and flea-borne disease cases. Diseases from ticks vary from region to region across the U.S. and those regions are expanding.
50 states have now had residents test positive for Lyme disease.
When I was a kid I boarded my horse at a stable where we had over 10 stray dogs at all times. We stable kids would spend hours pulling ticks off those poor dogs. Gross!? Right?!
But we didn’t have a better solution. Flea collars and sprays certainly didn’t work on ticks.
Now-a-days days we have many products for flies, fleas, and ticks. Well, sort of… because as we all know they don’t ‘really’ work on ticks. Not really…
I know, I hear you, you use the #1 mainstream spot-on flea product on your dogs and cats … (Thus far, there have not been any such tick products for equines.)
Products such as topical spot-on flea killers (which are marketed as ‘the most effective’ against ticks) , and pesticide flea collars that are marketed for killing fleas & ticks, have listed some pretty scary negative side effects, such as seizures, neurological disorders, and even death.
Yet, even being highly toxic, they do not necessarily protect your pets from ticks.