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The Invasion of the Ticks, What It Means & What You Can Do

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

“A public health crisis is hiding in plain sight, with tick-borne diseases creating millions

of sick people at an economic cost running into the billions, and little has been done

so far to mount a meaningful defense.” - Medium.com

Of all the pests we dislike̶ and that list might include bed bugs, fleas, scabies, cockroaches, silverfish, and the like ̶ the one we invariably overlook is the humble tick. But this may be a mistake. Because the worldwide tick infestation is leading to an all-out health epidemic. 

what causes tick infestations and how to get rid of ticks

The Growing Tick Population

The tick population worldwide is expanding at an alarming rate and, with it, instances of tick-related illnesses. Reports of Lyme disease, for instance, have doubled in the last twenty years and between 2016 and 2017 they have risen by almost 18%. The fact is that of the 300,000-plus people who contract the disease each year, many of them reside outside New York and Maine, the two states traditionally associated with Lyme. It now appears that it has migrated to all 50 states, plus Washington D.C.

According to science journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, “There is little doubt that it is pandemic. It’s in China, Russia, Japan, Australia. It’s moving fast into Canada. It is all across the U.S. It calls for a huge national and concerted international effort to bring it under control.”

Beyond Lyme Disease: Tracking Tick-Related Illness

Perhaps more troubling is that other tick-related illness, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is also a growing problem throughout the country. And that really is a problem because RMSF is significantly more hazardous, by far, than Lyme disease. In fact, it is potentially fatal, especially in children, if not treated promptly.

Add to this the threats posed by other tick-borne diseases ̶ such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Heartland virus, Powassan disease, Tickborne Rela