Know Your Enemy

“Ticks Are Very, Very Dirty Organisms”

An Entomologist Talks Ticks

Ticks are prehistoric, as old as horseshoe crabs. They have antifreeze in their blood. They’ve survived the Ice Age. They’re not going away, said entomologist Blake Dinius recently. However, “We have 100% complete control over whether a tick bites us,” he said as he outlined preventative measures.

Dog or Wood Tick at top, Deer Ticks at bottom. Photo by Martha Himes