By Ron Lieback
Photos: Bill Wiegand
Avoid Tick Bites at All Costs
Just the definition of a tick can turn your stomach:
“Any of a superfamily (Ixodoidea) of bloodsucking acarid arachnids that are larger than the related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, and include important vectors of infectious diseases.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Bloodsucking is enough to get me.
The thought of these little bastards simply makes me sick.
What makes matters worse is they take up residency in some of my favorite areas to go adventure motorcycling. Then there’s the disease threat, considering they can transmit the Lyme bacteria into humans.
During 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 28,453 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the USA.
The disease was present in 260 counties, and 95% of the confirmed Lyme disease cases came from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.