This tick is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease. These ticks are found primarily in the northeastern and mid western United States.
Facts About Deer Ticks:
- 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.
- It is the deer tick nymphs or juvenile ticks that are responsible for infecting humans with Lyme Disease, not the adults.