ticktrends

(via Google Trends)

I’m not generally one to extol the virtues of enormous corporations, but one thing the tech giant Google does right is to share freely much of their bank of search data. Google Trends picks up tick season like clockwork, and searches for “ticks” peak reliably every May when North Americans find the little arachnids in numbers on their dogs and on themselves.

I bring this up as a long-winded way to point you to bug guy Eric Eaton, who has just posted an excellent, concise summary of what everyone who lives near ticks should know about the animals. Go read.

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A questing dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis