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Ticks May Be on the Rise This Year

A series of notes on the radio, television, and printed media has provided information on predicting high populations of ticks in New York this year. This is based on a plague of mice in the Hudson Valley in the summer

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Be Ready for Ticks

The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are common problem species found in Kentucky and much of the eastern U.S. They are a significant threat to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in or

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Two Species of Ticks Active During Kentucky Winters

Black-legged Tick In recent years, the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) (Figure 1) has become increasingly more common in Kentucky and now occurs throughout the state (Figure 2). Adults are active from November through March, whenever the temperature is above freezing.

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Solving Some Mystery Bites

“Mystery bites” plague a significant number of people. Unfortunately, there can be a range of causes, most of which do not involve insects. The frustration of invisible itches can cause significant stress and anxiety. Even when they are insect-related, it

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Stinging Caterpillars

Late season caterpillars are out in full force. Many use camouflage or secretive behavior to avoid predators. In contrast, stinging caterpillars have brittle, hollow spines connected to venom glands. These spines easily penetrate and break off in the skin. Then,

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Bumble Bees Can Surprise You

Bumble bees are social insects that nest in protected places: belowground in abandoned burrows of small mammals, in birdhouses, stuffing in abandoned furniture, or under piles of grass or rags in sheds or barns. They visit flowers to collect pollen

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Dealing with Fleas

The cat flea (Figure 1) is the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. These small, hopping insects also bite humans. In addition to the discomfort of bites and the chance of secondary infection by contamination of bite sites,

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