Mosquitoes and ticks are a nuisance, but even worse, they can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme. Now, some types of those insects are responsible for carrying new diseases — chikungunya and Powassan.
Most people have heard of Lyme disease, an illness caused by bacteria carried by deer ticks, but they can also carry something else that can make you sick — Powassan virus.
The warning from state officials is loud and clear. Every county in Pennsylvania is vulnerable to Lyme disease borne by the blacklegged tick.
Pennsylvania officials are warning residents that there is now a danger of Lyme disease in every county in the commonwealth.
Lyme Disease in Western Pennsylvania is booming.
You hear about the dangers of ticks often in the spring and summer but what you think is that blood sucking creature on you might be something completely different.
Entomologist Bill Todaro joined The KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway to discuss the difference between ticks and “billbugs” as well as dispel some other common insect misconceptions.
The Allegheny County Health Department says they have been getting a lot of calls about swarms of unidentified flying objects, some sort of black bug that looks like a tick.
The ticks are out, hear what you can do to prevent Lyme disease.
Right now, ticks are enjoying a fall resurgence of substantial proportions and local vets have their hands full and pet owners need to be on the alert.
The recent weather has been so warm that groundhogs like Phil may wake up earlier this winter. The same goes for deer, skunks and raccoons. Those are some of the findings from a study at Cornell University.
Wooded areas are tick bite territory. Even in winter, ticks can be active. To feed, ticks attach firmly to a host – human or animal – slowly sucking blood for several days.