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Lone Star Tick Is Not Invading Michigan, But Other Tick Species Are On The Rise

May 26, 2016

Credit Michigan State University Extension

The Lone Star tick is not invading Michigan. According to a Michigan State University entomologist, the tick’s population hasn’t increased here in 25 years.

Entomologist Howard Russell says the story that a meat allergy-causing tick is on the rise in Michigan is all wrong.

“Michigan is not being invaded by the Lone Star tick.  I identified this tick for the first time in Michigan some 25 years ago.  I see maybe one or two every year, some years I don’t see any." 

But other tick species, including the Dog tick, are on the rise.  Russell says there’s been a rapid increase in Dog ticks in western Washtenaw County near the Waterloo Recreation Area.

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