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Insect Problems and Diseases
Colorado Tick Hazards: There are almost 30 tick borne and transmitted diseases, enough that you should visit the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association’s website for full details. Monica White’s entire family is still suffering the after effects of Lyme disease that went undiagnosed for seven years. There are four dominant tick borne diseases, and one condition in Colorado: Rocky Mountain Tick Fever Colorado Tick Fever Tularema Relapsing Fever A condition known as Tick Paralysis, which can lead to temporary paralysis and even death. The White Star tick is being introduced into Colorado by animals. It can carry and transmit other diseases. One is an apocalypse for meat eating hunters. The White Star tick can transfer an enzyme that initiates an allergy to meats. Explanation and update: The White Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) also can cause increased coronary diseases. Many mammals have a blood sugar called alpha-gal, but not humans. This sugar can trigger the human immune system to create antibodies, which leads to an allergic reaction to eating red meat. Cardiologist Coleen McNamara (U. Virginia School of Medicine) reported 2018 that of the 118 heart patients, 31 tested positive for the antibody. They had 25% more more arterial plaque than the other patients. The plaques are the type more likely to rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke. Virus is was identified in Cache La Poudre River area ticks in 1957, but apparently is not easily transmitted to humans. It causes 10% fatality if contracted. Ticks that are remove within three hours generally did not have time to transmit diseases. Always check for ticks at bead time. Summer and early big game archery hunters are most likely to encounter ticks. Ticks are largely dormant in later seasons. Ticks can transmit over twenty pathogens to pets, livestock and humans. Symptoms are often vague and dismissed as just a bout with “what’s going around”. Tick exposure is generally greater in the warm summer months. Ticks can detect body odor, transpired carbon dioxide, body heat, and vibration to detect prey. Insect repellents have varying success in fending off ticks. Wearing Permithrin treated clothing is the most effective deterrent to tick exposure. Permethrin is a choice for hunters. It is odor free and flame resistant after it dries, and lingers long in clothing even after several washings. Please visit www.coloradoticks.org for more information on limiting exposure, and symptoms of tick diseases. Mosquitos: Take at least a hat head net if you scout for animals in the summer. The mosquitoes can emerge like hell in the early evening when the elk and deer emerge into their grazing fields. That is not a time for flailing arms and cursing at bugs. A complete hammock netting is not that heavy for a day pack. Rolling lightly into it prevents a lot of bites and allow you to view animals throught the bug feeding period.
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