This week, the NY Times ran a truly scary story about tropical diseases arriving for the first time in Italy, thanks to global warming and the tiger mosquitos that can now survive there.
Of course, at my country place in formerly frigid Zone 4, I now get at least half a dozen tick bites a year working in the garden. My old dog Lulu has had Lyme disease uncountable number of times, and my nine year-old daughter has had it once. If you ask the vet, he will tell you he never saw a tick until about 5 years ago. They’re a new arrival.