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Deer tick (unengorged male)

Ixodes scapularis

Description:

1mm long body. Deer ticks are potential carriers of Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Notes:

I found this little guy on me this evening - I must have picked him up during my walk in the woods earlier in the day. Unfortunately we get a lot of ticks around here in the summer & fall, but I'm really shocked to find one in the middle of winter.


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3 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Cindy, I usually I don't spot them until I find them attached to me when I shower - not cool at all! :)
Alice, thanks for the warning. I pick up 5 or 6 of these guys every week in the summer no matter what precautions I take. Even if I wear long sleeves & long pants they somehow find a way in, & even drenching myself with deet only has the effect of making me feel ill! They are such tenacious little b's.
I did get tested for lymes last year & was positive for the antigens but thankfully only at a low level.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

You know enough to look for a rash circle to make sure he didn't leave you something you do not want!?

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 2 years ago

Oh no! Cool spotting though.

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.90, Long: -86.96

Spotted on Jan 2, 2012
Submitted on Jan 2, 2012

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