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Oh Great, Americans Have a New Tick to Worry About Oh Great, Americans Have a New Tick to Worry About

Ticks and insects in general are steadily spreading across the United States and causing more disease, aided by an ever-cozier climate. If that’s not bad enough, though, it’s almost certain that an invasive species of tick, newly discovered last year, has firmly established America as its home. And this tick is…

This Stupid Tick Managed to Get Itself Wrapped in Spider Silk—and Then Fossilized in Amber This Stupid Tick Managed to Get Itself Wrapped in Spider Silk—and Then Fossilized in Amber

Around 100 million years ago, a tick ran into some bad luck. It had the misfortune of wandering onto a spider’s web, causing the proprietor to spring into action and wrap the interloping bug in a tomb made of silk. The situation then took a turn for the worse when the tick came into contact with tree sap, enveloping…

Bug-Sprayed Clothing Really Does Keep Ticks Away Bug-Sprayed Clothing Really Does Keep Ticks Away

A new CDC-led study published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology suggests it might be a great time to invest in a new fashion trend: bug spray-laced clothing. The study found that clothing treated with permethrin was able to stop several species of disease-causing ticks in their tracks, either paralyzing them…

Ticks and Insects Are Making More People Sick, and the Problem Is Only Getting Worse Ticks and Insects Are Making More People Sick, and the Problem Is Only Getting Worse

A new report out Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights a scary reality: Diseases spread by six- and eight-legged bugs are becoming more common. And worse than that, health officials across the country seem woefully incapable of dealing with them.

New Evidence From Ancient Amber Shows Dinosaurs Were Plagued by Ticks New Evidence From Ancient Amber Shows Dinosaurs Were Plagued by Ticks

New research on 100 million year-old amber with ticks preserved inside indicates these tiny, annoying critters have been around for a long time—and that dinosaurs were among their hosts.

These Finches Have a Brilliant Strategy For Fighting Off Ticks These Finches Have a Brilliant Strategy For Fighting Off Ticks

Everyone is talking about ticks this year, for good reason: This year’s tick forecast is especially bad. But humans aren’t the only ones worried about the horrible little buggers. It seems like at least one bird species safeguards its nests against ticks with a surprising piece of litter. Cigarette butts.

Bloodthirsty Ticks Have a Seriously Weird Genome Bloodthirsty Ticks Have a Seriously Weird Genome

Ticks—those unbreakable, blood-lusting arthropods that haunt your summer camp memories—have some fascinating genetic secrets. The tick genome tells a tale of weaponized spit, expandable armor, and how to drink 100 times one’s body weight in blood. Strangest of all, it’s utterly enormous.

Did You Know Getting Bit By A Tick Could Paralyze Your Face? Did You Know Getting Bit By A Tick Could Paralyze Your Face?

30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, making it the most common vector-borne disease in America. Both you and your dog are exposed to it every time you’re outdoors. It can block your heart, cause intense pain and, sometimes, even lead to death. And reported cases are on the rise.

Biologist discovers new tick species inside his own nose Biologist discovers new tick species inside his own nose

Usually, finding a tick up your nose wouldn't be a cause for celebration, but Tony Goldberg discovered a new species of arachnid inside his nasal passage—and found himself a new area of study.

Not cool: when a tick latches onto your penis and you have sex anyway Not cool: when a tick latches onto your penis and you have sex anyway

Tick bites carry Lyme disease, tularemia, and a host of other scary diseases. They can even, in some instances, turn you into a vegetarian. Sometimes, though, a tick isn't scary because of the diseases it transmits when it bites you, but rather where it bites you. Your penis, for example.

The Tick Hunter The Tick Hunter

Among animals you don't want sucking sucking your blood, ticks are near the top of the list. These hemophilic arachnids don't just help themselves to your vital fluids, they are also host to nearly a dozen human pathogens including Lyme disease, which afflicted more than 24,000 people in 2011 alone, and the Rocky…

Bloated Tick + Hydrogen Peroxide = A Bloody Disgusting Eruption Bloated Tick + Hydrogen Peroxide = A Bloody Disgusting Eruption

From the department of experiments no one ever asked for, these folks decided to inject a blood-filled tick with hydrogen peroxide. The results are distinctly messy.

The Tick That Can Make You a Vegetarian The Tick That Can Make You a Vegetarian

If you love bacon, then you ought to be careful about getting a bite from a lone star tick — unlike other tick bites, which can spread diseases like Lyme disease, a lone star tick bite can actually make you allergic to red meat.

A tick bite could turn you into a vegetarian A tick bite could turn you into a vegetarian

Ticks are known for transmitting disease, but they've also been known to make people deathly allergic to meat.

The 10 Most Unnecessary Giant Monster Movies Of All Time The 10 Most Unnecessary Giant Monster Movies Of All Time

Not every scifi film can star a Brobdingnagian shark or lizard. Some movies must make due with giant livestock, vermin, and apes who aren't named King Kong. Here are 10 of the most superfluous creature features ever made.

The most unnecessary giant monster movies of all time The most unnecessary giant monster movies of all time

Not every scifi film can star a Brobdingnagian shark or lizard. Some movies must make due with giant livestock, vermin, and apes who aren't named King Kong. Here are 10 of the most superfluous creature features ever made.

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