9 Reasons to be ticked off!
Updated: Mar 15, 2022
THE BLACKLEGGED TICK: This tick can be commonly found all across the Eastern United States. You identify this species from the dark "bib" shaped spot on on its back. These litter buggers can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, a type of relapsing fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus disease.
They are most active in the spring, summer and fall seasons in the NorthEast of The United States. Though you might find adult ticks in the winter if the temperatures are above the freezing point. They all bite regardless of life stage, however the nymphs and adult female backlegged ticks are most commonly found on children and adult humans. Be sure to always check for ticks when outside near wooded areas. Be sure to check your pets also.
THE LONE STAR TICK:
This tick is widely found in the eastern United States, however tends to be more common in the south region. the female is identified by the white spot on its back, or the "lone star". This tick can cause human ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Heartland virus disease, Bourbon virus disease, and can also cause Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). You can be bit any time from spring to fall by this nasty species. These ticks do in fact bite humans and it is again, the nymph and adult female that most commonly bite.
THE AMERICAN DOG TICK:
The American Dog Tick can be found abundantly, east of the Rocky Mountains and also some areas along the Pacific Coast. They are know to carry tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. you better watch out for these mad dogs in the spring and summer seasons, again, the adult females mostly!
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THE BROWN DOG TICK:
This species can be found all over the place, because they are prestige world wide! (if you caught that reference, we just became best friends, YEP!). This world dominating tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, primarily in the South Western part of The United States and across the U.S. and Mexico border. This tick is a real dog catcher ( Dad joke champion of the hemisphere at your service) as it's primary target is......you guessed it, dogs. They can also bite humans and mammals, and the adult male, female or the nymph do not discriminate against biting you.
THE GROUNDHOG TICK:
The Groundhog tick, also known as the Woodchuck tick, as if it is some kind of shape shifting demon, can be found all over the Eastern side of The United States. This demonic nightmare can transmit the Powassan virus and likes to feed on a variety of warm blooded animals. No groundhog, squirrel, fox, skunk, weasel or raccoon is safe, and occasionally the human being and domestic animal can catch its wrath as well. So keep an eye out for the groundhog woodchuck demon tick.
THE GULF COAST TICK:
The SouthEastern and mid Atlantic States to include Southern Arizona is where you can find this tick. It has an almost tribal like patter on its back that is identifiable. Transmitting R. parkeri, which is a form of the spotted fever virus, Larvae and nymphs can be found feeding on birds or small rodents. The adult ticks will feed on deer or other wild life and are associated with transmission of R. parkeri to human beings.
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOOD TICK:
Like the name suggests, this tick can be found in the Rocky Mountain states in the U.S. It has been known to transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever virus and tularemia to its victims. Adult ticks, which are associated with pathogen transmission to humans, feed more commonly on larger mammals. Larvae and nymphs will feed on small rodents.
THE SOFT TICK: This species can be located around the Western part of The United States. It transmits tick-borne relapsing fever or TBRF for short. For humans, the most common place to come into contact with this type of tick is a rustic cabin. The little vampire emerges under the cover of night and feeds on you while you are sleeping. Most will never even be aware of being bitten. And down in good ole' Texas, TBRF might possibly be connected with exposure to caves!
WESTERN BLACKLEGGED TICK:
Found in states along the Pacific Coast, the Western Blacklegged Tick can transmit diseases such as anaplasmosis, the more commonly know Lyme disease, and possibly B. miyamotoi Borrelia miyamotoi disease, which is a form of relapsing fever. The Larvae and nymphs of this species commonly feed on lizards, birds, and rodents while the adults are looking to feed on deer. Even Though all life stages are known to bite humans, it is once again the nymphs and the adult females that are more often reported to be found on humans.
Well, in the words of Porky The Pig, Thats all folks. As always, thanks for reading and check out some of our other articles for more education on other insects as well as tips and tricks on how to reduce the mosquito and tick population on your property. Even learn how you can spray your own yard without hiring a professional!
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