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This tick bites, clones itself and lays 2,000 eggs

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The Asian longhorned tick, first found in the U.S. in 2010, is now established in 11 states along the East Coast. The female is capable of laying 2,000 eggs without mating and an infestation may kill livestock from the blood loss
  • While ticks are known vectors of disease, thus far this species has not transmitted disease in the U.S. It is known to carry thrombocytopenia syndrome virus triggering human hemorrhagic fever, responsible for killing 15% of those the tick bites in Asia
  • The number of ticks and range in which they live have been expanding dramatically. Tickborne illnesses include Lyme disease, infecting 300,000 each year in the U.S., Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, Powassan virus and Bourbon virus
  • As Lyme disease rates skyrocket, it's important to do a quick check each time you come back inside after being in a grassy area or near trees and bushes; Lyme disease may be successfully treated when caught early. Your risk of infection is lower if you effectively remove the tick as soon as possible

While you might have thought a tick is an insect, it really belongs to the arachnid family, along with spiders, scorpions and mites. A tick survives by feeding on the blood of a host, growing from the size of an apple seed before food and swelling to more than double their size after feeding.

Ticks are more active during the summer months, between March and November in the northern hemisphere. Most enjoy living in warm moist places, such as bushes, tall grasses and shrubs. Animals and humans get ticks while walking through these areas.

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