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

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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