A tick known primarily for being in the southeastern United States has started to spread north, according to an article on wired.com, and it's bad news for those who love meat.
Known as the "lone star tick" for its Texas-shaped splash of white on its back, a bite of this tick can trigger an allergy to meat.
The article said that the ticks now have spread to Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York, where at least 1
Scientists are frantically trying to see if the tick is spreading even more, and make no mistake –– having a meat allergy is not fun.
Sweating, sleeplessness and breaking out in hives are just some of the symptoms.
According to a map on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website, www.cdc.gov, the wage star tick has a spread to Michigan yet, but has to Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
The tick is listed as one of Michigan's five most common ticks by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
What do lone star ticks look like?
Lone star ticks are a reddish-brown color that are roughly 1/8 of an inch long and oval-shaped, according to an article on pestworld.org. White spots on their backs are common. Adult lone star ticks have eight legs.
What precautions should be taken?
To prevent lone star tick bites, it is recommended to wear tick repellent and long-sleeved clothes and avoid sitting on logs, stumps or on the ground in busy areas.
It's also important to keep lawns cut low, trim back vegetation along yards, paths and trails – and don't have garbage on your lawns that rodents could live on.
Contact a licensed pest control professional if you have a star tick problem.
Read more about what exactly causes the meat allergy.
Online: More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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