Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Arthro-Pod EP 69: Talking Ticks with Anna Pasternak

Howdy bug lovers! Today we're talking about blood stealing ectoparasites and learning all about ticks from University of Kentucky graduate student Anna Pasternak. Anna is working on a large scale tick survey in Kentucky that is helping us to see how populations of ticks may be changing in the state and monitor for the invasive Asian longhorned tick. Anna also tests her ticks for pathogens and is finding that Lyme may be more of an issue in the state than previously thought. Tune in to learn about tick biology, tick borne disease, and how to prevent them from biting you!

Anna Pasternak after a successful day of "ticking" in the woods
Show notes
The Lone Star Tick in Kentucky:
Ticks and Disease in Kentucky
Tick Encounter is also a great resource for learning about ticks and how to identify them

Black legged deer tick at the 12 o'clock position, clockwise next would be the American dog tick and then Lone-star tick
Photo by Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology Dept
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