Where Ticks Come From
Medical Authors: Barbara K. Hecht,
PhD, Frederick Hecht, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. People contract Lyme disease by being bitten by these ticks.
In order to investigate whether specific human behavior increases the risk of tick exposure, researchers from the University of California at Berkeley took to the woods. They found that sitting on a log carried with it the greatest risk of picking up a tick. If you sit on a log (at least in Northern California) for only five minutes, you have a 30% chance of getting a tick on you! Gathering wood was also cited as a risky activity as well as leaning up against a tree.
Comment: Aside from issuing a press release (below) about this study, it was also published in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology. In case you aren't familiar with this journal, it is chock-full of everything you might want to know (or not know) about the dangers that mosquitoes, cat fleas, ticks, flies, scorpions, mange mites and other insects pose to you. We don't recommend it for bedtime reading.