Bit by a tick? Send it to Ohio State researchers
It's tick season, and we hope you avoid picking up any bloodsucking hitchhikers as you enjoy the outdoors.
- But if you find one, don't throw it out: Send your creepy crawlies to Ohio State and contribute to science.
Why it matters: The specimens will help researchers track concentrations of ticks and tick-borne pathogens throughout Ohio. The data is shared with the Ohio Department of Health's Zoonotic Disease Program.
How it works: If you or someone you know is bitten (pets included!), visit this website for instructions on how to remove and kill the tick and mail it.
Be smart: If you develop any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention instead and bring the tick with you.
The big picture: Ticks — and the diseases they carry — are on the rise in Ohio, according to Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
- That trend is expected to continue because of climate change, which is allowing the arachnids to survive in new habitats and on new hosts.
By the numbers: The Buckeye State had just one tick species of medical concern 20 years ago. Now there are five, with two discovered in 2020.
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