Be prepared! New ticks are moving north, but scientists offer hope

This article discusses how the warming planet is affecting ticks – good for them. but not for us.

Minnesotans might start seeing a new kind of tick in their neck of the woods over the next few years, experts say.

While not yet in Minnesota, the bush tick, native to Eastern Asia, was found feeding on sheep in New Jersey in 2017.

And if climate trends continue, rising temperatures and shorter winters mean ticks, and the diseases they carry, will keep expanding their ranges faster than ever, said Uli Munderloh, an entomology professor at the University of Minnesota.

“We do not know all of the disease agents that ticks may be able to transmit,” she said. Disease agents can include a virus, bacteria or fungus. “If there’s a new tick moving like the bush tick, it could pick up disease agents that are already present and spread by the deer tick.”

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