At the end of last month, the CDC issued a warning about invasive species of tics that began to spread in the United States. Born in Asia, the ticks are gaining a foothold here in the US and they pose a serious threat to both humans as well as animals such as animals and pets.
For the first time, a few years ago, the parasite began to spread at an alarming rate, and a new study describing its cruel march was published this week Journal of Medical Entomology. The bad news is that a huge portion of the country is perfectly suited to allow the ticks to spread. The good news? Well, there really is not.
The insects, called long-range tokens, are real survivors. Females are able to reproduce without copulation, meaning that only one tick can become many in a very short time.
In this study, author Ilya Rochlin created a computer model to sketch the chances of survival of the ticks if they spread to new areas. Using data from known locations where the label has already been found in large numbers, the model predicts the maximum range the tick can spread if nothing is done.
As you can see on the map, marker species can survive in a variety of conditions but will be most convenient in many states and center along the east coast. However, it is also possible that the teak can spread to south central Florida, to the west like East Texas, and to the north as North Minnesota or even Canada.
It is a very wide range for a destructive parasite as this species species seem to be. Blood-thirsty progeny can reportedly bleed enough blood and visit milk to delay productivity by up to 25 percent, and as all ticks are potential carriers of various diseases.