As a kid — long before “google” became a verb– I thought it was the coolest thing ever that a google is a one with a hundred zeros after it. It looks like this:

10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Those of you from around these parts know that we’re teeming with ticks in Chatham County. I’ve often wondered if there could even be a google’s worth of ticks here. If a single Lone Star tick can lay several thousand eggs at one time it seems like it might not take that long (mathematicians in the house? I’d love your feedback!).

Last year I worked with the Chatham County Health Department to launch the Chatham Health Alliance. The first project we did was to conduct an exploratory survey about exposure to ticks. In that survey, 94% percent of 432 respondents indicated that one or more people in their household were exposed to a tick within the previous year. That’s more than double the national average of 45 percent, as determined by the CDC in 2015.

To help reduce damage from ticks and tick bites I decided to launch TickWarriors. TickWarriors provides services, education, and eco-friendly products. We seek to bridge the gaps between public health, nonprofits, and the private sector to provide education and collect data not currently available due to non-existent or scarce state and local government resources. With persistence and patience, it is my hope that over time we can work together to reduce what I feel must certainly be a google of ticks. Stay tuned for information about our eco-friendly products and the latest news about ticks and tick-borne illnesses.