Ticks Prefer Humans Over Dogs When It’s Hot Out

Ticks Prefer Humans Over Dogs When It’s Hot Out

Ticks usually prefer to feed on dogs. Over a period of 20 minutes, scientists observed whether ticks (using their sense of smell) preferred dogs or humans at temperatures of around 74° Fahrenheit and then 100° Fahrenheit. Brown dog ticks from the temperate lineage, which are found in 48 states and may also carry RMSF, were just slightly more likely to pick humans over dogs when temperatures rose. However, a number of these ticks switched from definitively choosing dogs to just neutral, meaning they didn’t choose either dogs or humans. Researchers hypothesized that as temperatures increase due to climate change, tropical lineage ticks may spread northward.

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