Ticks

Black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, attach themselves to animals or humans and proceed to obtain their blood meal by biting the victim.

Ticks are 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