Dont tick off that tick, warns entomologist

Monique Chiasson
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SHUBENACADIE - An entomologist with the Department of Natural Resources says there are many types of insects making themselves comfortable in our region as the fall approaches.
DNR's Jeff Ogden talked with hundreds of people during a DNR open house in Shubenacadie Saturday.
"There are 30,000 species of insects in Nova Scotia," said Ogden, noting there have been calls coming into DNR about "thousands of ladybugs and cluster flies on the sides of houses" province-wide, including Truro.
"They are not harmful. They just want a place to stay warm."
Western seed cone bugs are also being reported found in attics, said Ogden.
"One problem is that bugs die and when they do other insects feed on the dead ones and get inside homes and want to feed on food in cupboards."
He suggested sealing any openings or putting up screens to help keep pests outside of the home.
Another pest expected to arrive in Truro in another month or so is the black legged tick. Ogden said the pest feeds on human and dog flesh, looking for a blood meal. They can be found on bushes and shrubs and white tailed deer.
"If you find one on you remove it immediately with sharp tweezers, pulling it straight out," said Ogden.
He advised not to use matches or aggravate the pests.
"If you tick off a tick it may spit up its stomach contents, which could result in you getting a (related) disease or sick."
However, Ogden said it takes 24 to 36 hours of continuous feeding on a human host for disease to set in.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: SHUBENACADIE, Truro, Nova Scotia

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