Black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, attach themselves to animals or humans and proceed to obtain their blood meal by biting the victim.
- Orange-brown with dark legs
- Flat, broad oval shape
- 1/8 inch long
- Ticks live in low lying areas such as grass, shrubs, and bushes while waiting for a passing host to attach on to
- Female ticks have about 3,000 eggs in the spring
- Ticks feed on humans, mice, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, dogs, and birds
- Tick bites can cause irritation around the site of the bite, allergic reaction, or mouth parts can remain in the host’s skin when the tick is removed
- Ticks are known to transfer Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis
- When in wooded areas or tall grass, wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed toed shoes
- Use a bug repellent that contains DEET
- Keep grass and other vegetation on your property cut and maintained
- Inspect yourself for ticks after being outdoors
- Inspect your pets for ticks after being outdoors
- If ticks are found on you or pets, use tweezers to remove with slow, gentle, upward pressure
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