Globe and Mail: The key to fighting ticks? Getting to know them better
According to Kateryn Rochon, an associate professor of entomology at the University of Manitoba, there are about 40 species of ticks in Canada, and most of them have a preferred host. Rabbit ticks, for example, are usually found on rabbits, and groundhog ticks on groundhogs.
Ticks that are “generalists” feed on a variety of animals, and humans can wind up as incidental hosts.