Types of Ticks: Do they all Transmit Lyme Disease?
How Deer Fencers can Keep You Safe from Ticks
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans by certain types of ticks. Fortunately, if the infection is caught early enough, it may be effectively treated with a round of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. However, it can be unnerving to contract a tick-borne disease and it is best to exercise caution if you are in a high risk area.
While ticks can transmit a whole host of diseases, not all tick species are carriers for Lyme disease. If you come into contact with a tick, don’t take any chances. The only way to ensure that you have not been infected with Lyme disease is to promptly remove the tick and have it tested.
What are the Different Types of Ticks?
If untreated, Lyme disease can manifest itself in the form of flu-like symptoms and affect your nervous system, heart muscles and joints. The good news is, only a few species are known to pass Lyme disease along to humans and not all tick bites pose a threat to your health and safety.
Knowledge is power. Read on to learn more about some of the most common types of ticks to bite humans and the diseases they can potentially transmit, so you can be better prepared:
- Blacklegged Ticks: Also known as Deer ticks, the Blacklegged tick is commonly found in both the North-eastern and Midwestern parts of the country. With a reddish-brown coloring, these ticks are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease in addition to other diseases such as Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis.They are typically distributed across several areas by their reproductive host, the white-tailed deer.
- Lone Star Ticks: The Lone Star tick has recently migrated its way to the eastern part of the U.S. but is typically found in the South. They are distinguished by the white dot found on their back. Females are aggressive biters, hiding in dense woodlands and around animal testing areas. While the larvae do not carry disease, the nymph and adult stage Lone Star tick can transmit bacteria to humans that may result in diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Southern tick-associated rash illness and more. Fortunately, these ticks are not carriers of Lyme disease.
- American Dog Tick: The American Dog tick can be found in grassy fields across the country but mainly on the east side of the Rocky Mountains and along the Pacific Coast. While they do not transmit Lyme disease, American Dog ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia. These ticks can survive for up to 2 years without a meal if no host is found.
- Brown Dog Ticks: While the Brown Dog tick typically feeds on dogs, they are known to feed on humans and other mammals. They are more frequently encountered in the Southern states but can also be found worldwide. At every stage of life, these ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever to your furry friend, while human transmission is less likely. Fortunately, they are not known to transmit Lyme disease.
- Rocky Mountain Wood Tick: Even though the bacteria that causes Lyme disease is not one of the pathogens transmitted to humans by the Rocky Mountain Wood tick, a bite from one of these infected pests can lead to temporary paralysis in humans and pets. Paralysis will usually dissipate with 24-72 hours after the tick has been removed. In addition to a neurotoxin transmission, the Rocky Mountain Wood tick can also transmit Colorado tick fever virus to humans and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to humans and pets.
Contact the Professionals at Deer Fencers for Tick Control
At Deer Fencers, we want to protect you from the spread of Lyme disease. Since deer are widely known to be carriers of ticks, a professionally installed deer fencing system can help keep deer away from your property and prevent a tick infestation. Our team is committed to designing and implementing a suitable tick prevention program that greatly reduces your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. In addition to our effective and affordable deer fencing solutions, we also provide other recommendations to reduce the tick population in your yard, giving you and your family ultimate peace of mind.
For tick control, call the team at Deer Fencers today. Contact us at (800)753-4600 or fill out our online form.