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Thread: US invaded by savage tick, sucks animals dry, spawns w/out mating. 8 states now.

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    US invaded by savage tick, sucks animals dry, spawns w/out mating. 8 states now.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018...ithout-mating/


    The tick, the Asian longhorned tick (or Haemaphysalis longicornis), has the potential to transmit an assortment of nasty diseases to humans, including an emerging virus that kills up to 30 percent of victims. So far, the tick hasn’t been found carrying any diseases in the US. It currently poses the largest threat to livestock, pets, and wild animals; the ticks can attack en masse and drain young animals of blood so quickly that they die—an execution method called exsanguination.

    Key to the tick’s explosive spread and bloody blitzes is that its invasive populations tend to reproduce asexually—that is, without mating. Females drop up to 2,000 eggs over the course of two or three weeks, quickly giving rise to a ravenous army of clones. In one US population studied so far, experts encountered a massive swarm of the ticks in a single paddock, totaling well into the thousands. They speculated that the population might have a ratio of about one male to 400 females.

    Yesterday, August 7, Maryland became the eighth state to report the presence of the tick. It followed a similar announcement last Friday, August 3, from Pennsylvania. Other affected states include New York, Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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    oh great. We already have every other friggin' tick variety on the island...I'm sure these will be joining the party soon.
    "Dark humor is like food. Not everyone gets it." - J. Stalin

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    As the member formally known as black dog,,,. I'm now know as Black Longicornis Dog.
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black dog View Post
    As the member formally known as black dog,,,. I'm now know as Black Longicornis Dog.
    Long afternoon at the pub, eh?... ;-p
    "Dark humor is like food. Not everyone gets it." - J. Stalin

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    Trump's fault

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