Yes, The U.S. National Tick Collection Is A Thing That Exists. You’re Welcome, World

Growing up in the timbers, my siblings and I knew that we always had to check for tickings before going back inside.

Having the bloodsucker attached to your body is scaring enough, but there’s also the huge danger of contracting the diseases that ticks carry around with them. I’ve considered quite a few of these insects in my life, but it never occurred to me that there must be people out there who love studying them.

Enter the U.S. National Tick Collection. Yes, you read that right. It’s a collecting, and it’s actually fairly fascinating.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution and housed at Georgia Southern University, the U.S. National Tick Collection has preserved more than a million ticks.

They have about 96 percentage of the world’s 900 tick species, and that includes all of the ones found in the United States.

The collection was first formed in 1905 when scientists realized that tickings could transmit illnesses.

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( via CNN)

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