This tick is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease. These ticks are found primarily in the northeastern and mid western United States.
- Deer ticks have a complicated life cycle that involves using field mice as a reservoir for the disease
- Deer ticks prefer to get on shrubs in areas where woodland and fields or lawns meet
- Once a tick is attached to a human it must remain attached for 6 to 8 hours in order to transmit Lyme Disease
- Deer ticks tend to bite humans on the area around the back of the neck and will leave a “bull’s eye” rash around the location of the bite.
Fun Fact: It is the deer tick nymphs or juvenile ticks that are responsible for infecting humans with Lyme Disease, not the adults.
When you are enjoying the outdoors, make sure to use insect repellents, especially ones that contain the material DEET. Use the repellent as directed on the container and pay special attention to around neck and sleeve and pant leg areas. Deer tick control must be done at certain times of the year because of the complicated nature of their life cycle, and how Lyme Disease is transmitted during this cycle. Pest Control Technicians, Inc can identify locations most likely to harbor deer ticks and make the right material applications at the right time to prevent ticks and their diseases.
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