NEWS: Canadian golf course officials find tree teeming with ticks; harbinger of things to come?
"We were examining the tree for a type of beetle that's chewing at the leaves and the next thing I know we were picking ticks off each other," Scott said. "The leaves were just coated with them." He estimated there were upwards of 1,000 recently hatched ticks on the six-metre-high white ash.
From the Telegraph-Journal (Canada):
Golf course official calls for valley deer cull
Wildlife: Tree at Riverside found teeming with ticks
Published Tuesday June 29th, 2010
SAINT JOHN – It was enough to make Barry Scott’s skin crawl.
While walking through the grounds of the Riverside Country Club earlier this month, the course superintendent and a co-worker came across a tree teeming with ticks.
“We were examining the tree for a type of beetle that’s chewing at the leaves and the next thing I know we were picking ticks off each other,” Scott said. “The leaves were just coated with them.”
Scott estimated there were upwards of 1,000 recently hatched ticks on the six-metre-high white ash.
He and the co-worker were not bitten by the insect but removed several of them from their clothing and skin.
Scott examined a few under a microscope and said he believes they were blacklegged ticks, which can carry Lyme disease.
“It was disturbing,” Scott said, noting he’s found the odd tick on the course before but never to this extent.