Just One Bite from this Tiny Tick and You’ll Become a Vegetarian for Life

They say nature has a lot to offer and this is so true. Scientist, mountain climbers, animal enthusiasts, adventurers and the like are so eager to know everything about the world has to offer and get amazed by every single fact they found.

Animals, for example, have there unique way of showing off their unique identity to the world and even the tiniest tick is important to keep the ecosystem healthy.

Just like this small insect called Lone Star Tick which could turn a human into becoming a vegetarian in an instant!

They are distinguished from any other ticks because of that small silver star at the middle of it’s back. They are most likely to be found in dry forested sites with undergrowth shrubs near rivers and is widely distributed across the East, Southeast, and Midwest United States.

The lone star tick uses thick underbrush or high grass to attach to its host by way of questing. Questing is an activity in which the tick climbs up a blade of grass or to the edges of leaves and stretches its front legs forward, in response to stimuli from biochemicals such as carbon dioxide or heat and vibration from movement, and mounts the passing host as it brushes against the tick’s legs.

They are an aggressive, generalist feeder and it actively pursues blood meals and is not specific about the species of the host upon which it feeds. It bites painlessly and commonly goes unnoticed, remaining attached to its host for as long as seven days until it is fully engorged with blood.

Studies show that one bite from this tiny red tick causes the victim to severe allergy to meat. Its bite can release an antibody into its victims that makes them allergic to alpha-gal, a sugar found naturally in meat and products made from mammals.

If you are struggling with having a good diet and you want to become a vegetarian this might be a solution for you! (but we are just kidding). Despite the fact that it can turn you into a meat-hater, more researchers are needed to ensure that it will not do harm to the human body.

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