According to the veterinarians, the Lone Star is leaving Texas and is now heading towards Massachusetts. The tick is extremely dangerous, having better eyesight than the usual, garden-variety tick. Also, doctors are advising pet owners to be extra careful when they are walking their dogs because the Lone Star is not as lonely as the name suggests. The insects usually attack in a swarm.
Due to the unusually warm weather that Massachusetts has been experimenting, the Lone Star is leaving Texas and heading towards the Bay State. The insect now joins the other usual pests that menaced the health and well-being of both the humans and the pets in the area.
In Massachusetts, the Blacklegged tick and the Wood tick are the most common pests. But now, thanks to the increased levels in temperature, the Lone Star is leaving Texas and heading towards the Bay State.
The Lone Star is a fast traveler, being able to travel more than three times faster than the Blacklegged tick. It’s also more dangerous than both of the local ticks combined because it has excellent vision (which is a very rare thing among this class of insects) and it attacks in swarms (which considerably increases the risk of getting bitten).
Unfortunately, the Lone Star tick is a carrier of Lyme disease. So caution is advised when it comes to walks in the great outdoors. Lyme disease affects both humans and animals, and recent studies have shown that some strains are resistant to antibiotics.
Furthermore, the Lone Star is a carrier of another dangerous, sometimes deadly disease, the “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever”. The RMSF syndrome is sudden and usually displays flu-like symptoms. When left untreated it can prove to be fatal.
For the pets, the Lone Star is even more dangerous than it is to humans. The pest can also transmit spotted fever and Ehrlichiosis. The latter causes lameness and joint paint. And if it is let untreated it could prove to be fatal to dogs.
So it is crucial that all pet owners know how to remove a tick from their pets. The most important part is using a pair of tweezers. Do not attempt to remove the insect with your bare hands because the pest could bite you during the removal process.
Once you get ahold of the body of the insect, and you are sure that you have a firm grip on it, pull it out with one, swift motion. Then rub the bite with alcohol. Also, be careful not to squish the bug, because that could cause an infection.
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