Latest from ticks
June 15, 2012 by Elizabeth Laubach
Locals to the Bay Area often don’t think for a moment about the hazards of ticks when exploring nature. But maybe they should. Ticks carry Lyme disease, a debilitating condition caused by a bacterial infection ticks pick up from biting deer and mice. “If you don’t mind looking like a nerd, tuck pants into socks,” said a UC Berkeley entomologist.
April 01, 2011 by Barry Breckling
Ticks can be trouble, yet you can’t help but admire their toughness as they cling to vegetation waiting for a meal to come within arm’s length. Fortunately for us, some of those meals come from western fence lizards, whose blood neutralizes the pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Now that’s a handy bit of natural selection!