Pests on the MoveJanay Rickwalder
Sunday, June 16, 2013
In the past 20 years, the incidence
of Lyme disease has nearly doubled across the United States.
Part of this increase could be due to the movement of
disease-carrying ticks to previously unaffected areas.
As host populations increase for parasitic insects and people
continue to move into wooded areas, more insects are slowly moving
across the country and bringing potential harm to communities
unaware of their danger.
The Lone Star Tick, most commonly seen in southeastern and
south-central US, is now appearing
as far north as Maine and as far west as Nebraska. This species
is more aggressive than others and is known to carry several
diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Also, the Africanized ‘killer’ bee, found mostly in the
southwest, was recently
found for the first time in Tennessee. They can be especially
dangerous because Africanized bees cannot be distinguished from
common European bees by sight alone.
The best way to avoid harm from new or normal insects in your
area is to be aware of
prevention and safety tips when spending time outdoors.