Vanishing cicadas likely behind another DC-area nuisance: oak mite bites
It's believed the cicadas, which have laid billions of eggs across the area, are serving as a feast for oak leaf itch mites. In turn, the microscopic organisms are dropping out of oak trees while feeding, landing on people walking by, and then biting their human victims several times over with a lasting itchy impact.
Active forest management linked to reduced tick populations
Active management of forests, including timber harvesting to meet silvicultural objectives, can influence the transmission dynamics of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, anaplasmosis and babesiosis, according to a new study by a team of University of Maine researchers.
The Washington Post
Tick encounters are expected to be frequent this year. Here’s what you need to know.
A few weeks ago, Goudarz Molaei, who directs the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s tick surveillance and testing program, went on a research expedition to a wooded coastal area in southwestern Connecticut. Within minutes, droves of troublesome residents of the area were crawling across his coveralls. He was covered in ticks.
Johns Hopkins Magazine
Researchers at the the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center look to AI to detect Lyme disease earlier.
WebMD Health News
‘Ticks surprise us:’ 2021 may be big Lyme disease year
John Aucott, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center, believes more Americans will book outdoor travel plans this summer after a year of being homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic.