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It Is Tick Season Again

Updated: May 7




Ticks are small arachnids belonging to the subclass Acari, which also includes mites. Ectoparasites by nature, ticks feed on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles, and occasionally amphibians. They're notorious vectors of various diseases, making them a concern for human and animal health alike.


The most common tick species include the deer tick (black-legged tick), dog tick (wood tick), and lone star tick, each with distinct preferences for hosts and regions. Found in wooded or grassy areas, ticks wait on vegetation, latching onto passing hosts to feed and progress through their life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.

Ticks are most active during warm months but can be active year-round in specific climates. They're known carriers of diseases like Lyme disease (from Borrelia burgdorferi), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis, among others.

When dealing with a tick bite, swift action is crucial. Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove the tick near the skin's surface, avoiding twisting or jerking motions. Clean the bite area and apply antiseptic to reduce infection risk. Monitor for signs of infection or allergic reaction, seeking medical attention if symptoms worsen.

Post-bite, stay vigilant for symptoms of tick-borne diseases, especially fever, rash (often a bull's-eye shape), fatigue, and joint pain. If these symptoms arise, consult a healthcare professional promptly for evaluation and possible testing.

Prevention is key: wear protective clothing in tick-prone areas, use insect repellent, and conduct thorough tick checks after outdoor activities. Understanding ticks' biology, habitats, and disease transmission helps mitigate risks and ensures a prompt, informed response to tick bites. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and stay safe!

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