Your Blood Type Determines the Risk of Being Attacked by Ticks

Scientists from the Check Republic discovered the evidence that ticks may prefer attacking people with a certain blood type. Tick, the blood-sucking parasites, can carry various bacteria, including bugs that cause the Lyme disease.blood type and your risk of tick attack

In the course of study, the researchers dropped a tiny sample of blood from blood types A, B, AB, and O onto a sterile layer of filter paper on a Petri dish in the laboratory. The analysis of the received results showed that the ticks preferred type A blood in the majority of cases — 36% of the tick chose the sample. Type B was found to be least “favorite” — only 15% of the parasite chose the respective samples.

Lead researcher Dr. Alena Zakovska says: “The presented study demonstrated that blood group might be one of the factors determining the feeding preferences of Ixodes ricinus ticks.”

7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Getting Ticks

These smart (and easy to adopt) strategies can help you protect yourself from getting ticks this spring:getting ticks

  1. When hiking or walking through a park of a forest, always stick to the middle of paths and trails, as ticks usually more prevalent on trees.
  2. Prefer wearing white, as ticks are easier to spot on light clothing.
  3. Wear a cap and use a specific repellent on your face.
  4. Protect your ankles wearing socks.
  5. When traveling into the tick-heavy backcountry for days apply the insecticide permethrin to your clothes and spray repellent on skin not covered by clothing.
  6. When checking for ticks, pay special attention to the groin, backs of the knees, and armpits.
  7. Hit the shower and used a loofah.