Ticks, their diseases, and how to avoid them

  • Some more references

    There is a lot of information on the web and in the lay and scientific literature about ticks and tickborne diseases. Here are only a few reference...
  • About Ticks

    Ticks are tenacious! Ticks, blood-seeking ectoparasites, have been around since the dinosaur era. How do we know that? Paleontologists found a 99-m...
  • What's tasty to a tick?

    Ticks change their favorite host depending on their life cycle. Larvae and nymphs feed on small mammals (white-footed mouse, voles, and some birds)...
  • How does a tick bite?

    Larval ticks climb a blade of grass and prepare to attach to any unsuspecting host by assuming a “questing” position. The tick hangs on the gras...
  • What are the common ticks of the Northeast?

    Ticks are actually arachnids (the 8-legged class that includes spiders) and are found around the world. These are some of the common ticks in the U...
  • Why is a tick dangerous?

    Reports of tick-borne illnesses have doubled in the US in the past 15 years and seven new tick-borne agents have also emerged. Bacteria carried by ...
  • When can I get bitten?

    Unfortunately, ticks are active throughout most of the year, as shown in the shaded areas   Blacklegged ticks lay their eggs in the spring (May) a...
  • How can I prevent a tick-borne illness?

    Mechanical protectionThis is basic. Cover yourself. Wear long pants, tuck your pants into socks, wear light colored clothes. Or – here’s where we c...