Creature Feature: Ticks

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — We are smack dab in the middle of tick season. Some are harmless, but others can cause serious health problems. Ticks can be as tiny as a speck of dirt and tough to see.

Jen Lewis visited Old Dominion University where they have a tick lab with researchers who study the creepy, crawling creatures. 

Dr. Holly Gaff and her team of students look for ticks, their patterns and behaviors all over Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore. They bring them back to the lab to learn more about the ticks that invade our area.

The Lonestar Tick, the Dog Tick and the Black Legged Tick or Deer Tick are three of the most prevalent. The Deer Tick is the one that can carry Lyme Disease so it is high on the radar of researchers at ODU. 

The lab will test ticks for the public for a small fee to see whether or not they are carrying any disease.

To follow their work, check out the Tick Lab at ODU Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oduticklab

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