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Can A Tick Get Sick?

Do ticks get sick, or for that matter do mosquitoes get sick? Both ticks and mosquitoes feed on blood and carry and transmit deadly diseases. It is not unreasonable that insects should be affected by diseases. Honey bees, which are raised commercially, have a long list of diseases and parasites that affect their health.

In the case of mosquitoes, at least, people have looked into this question. Mosquitoes and ticks seem not to get sick from the diseases they carry or from other diseases. Researchers are studying mosquitoes to isolate factors that could be used to prevent or treat blood borne diseases.

So the answer is that despite their reckless life style ticks are quite healthy. Rather than saying someone is as healthy as a horse, try telling them they are as healthy as a tick.

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