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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
MILTON, Mass. — Now that summer is just around the corner, experts are warning that ticks will be coming back in full force.
One tick expert in New England told Boston's WFXT that the warmer weather will cause what he called a "tick explosion."
The tiny, pesky and possibly harmful arachnids are about to spring into action, and everyone should be extra vigilant.
"They're up and looking for a host hoping something will walk by that they can latch on," said Dr. Thomas Mather, aka "The Tick Guy."
Mather said this season is prime for ticks, and his website, tickencounter.org, shows the type to watch out for in New England this season is the deer tick because it spreads Lyme disease.
"It's very important because around here it's the worst for Lyme disease more than anywhere else in the nation," Mather said.
The website also lists high tick activity in most of the eastern United States, as well as the Midwest, Plains states and West Coast. Deer ticks are the most prevalent species in the Northeast and Midwest, while Lone Star ticks dominate in the Southeast and much of the Central U.S. Wood ticks are more common in the Mountain region, and Pacific Coast ticks are prevalent on the West Coast, the site said. Learn more here.
Stephen Novick of Boston-based FlyFoe said his business is extremely busy since the ticks never really went away.
"We had a mild winter, didn’t freeze too much, and because of that, the animal populations were active longer, and that enabled the tick populations to be active," he said.
Deer, chipmunks and rodents all carry ticks. Spraying is one way to keep ticks out of your yard.
You may even opt for a garlic-based, organic repellent or a store-bought pesticide.
"The pesticide is the lowest rated by the EPA, so it’s also super safe," Novick said.
The pesticide is used for flea and tick collars for pets.
Spraying has to be done once a month to keep ticks at bay, but for many it's the best alternative as it provides peace of mind.
Ticks usually hide in tall grass, so if you go hiking or walking in the woods, make sure to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants or get tick repellent clothing, use bug spray and always check yourself for ticks after being outdoors.
Checking for ticks is always important because if you happen to have been bitten, the quicker you remove the tick, the less likely it is that it will transmit any diseases.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:20 PM
MEXICO CITY — Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports.
Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today.
Officials at the California Earthquake Center told USA Today the induced quake likely generated a 2 on the Richter scale and would have gone unnoticed by the public if it were a typical earthquake.
Germany became the third defending champion to lose in its opening match in the last 16 years. Mexico next plays Korea Republic June 23.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 10:55 PM
OSAKA, Japan — A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck outside Osaka Monday morning, leaving at least two dead and 41 injured.
The quake registered around 8 a.m. with an initial strength of 5.9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
PM Abe stresses rescuing lives is of utmost importance. He tells reporters at 0859 local time an hour after the big earthquake in Osaka.He says the government is trying to gather information on damage, prepare for rescue and relief, and inform the latest to the public— michiyo ishida (@MichiyoCNA) June 18, 2018
There was no tsunami threat however morning commutes were disrupted as trains were not running and power was out to many homes, according to the Japan Times.
Kansai Electric Power Co. said nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture were operating normally.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.
According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.
Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.
Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.
This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
— Police are responding to reports of a shooting inside the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington.
The fire department told KIRO7.com they are calling it a "mass casualty incident" and confirmed at least two people were shot.
#BREAKING: a SHOOTING at the #Tumwater Walmart. Thurston County dispatch tells me at least two people shot, could be more. Scene started outside and ended up inside. Fire department is calling this a “mass casulty incident.” I’m on my way. @KIRO7Seattle— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018