TICK IDENTIFICATION

TICK IDENTIFICATION:  HERE ARE SOME DANGEROUS TICKS IN CT THAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

BLACKLEGGED TICK (DEER TICK)

Vector of: 

  • Borrelia burgdorferi and B. mayonii (Lyme disease),

  • Powassan virus (Powassan virus disease)

  • B. miyamotoi disease (relapsing fever)

  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Anaplasmosis)

  • Babesia microti (Babesiosis)

  • Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis (Ehrlichiosis)

Tick Information:

  • The black-legged deer tick can be active all year. It has a two year lifecycle and is most active in the Spring, Summer and Fall. That said, adults can be active in the Winter as well. The areas where these ticks can be found are the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic and the Upper Midwest. 

AMERICAN DOG TICK

Vector of:  

  • Rickettsia rickettsii (Rocky Mountain spotted fever)

  • Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)

 

Tick Information:

  • The greatest risk of being bitten occurs during spring and summer. The adult female American dog tick is most likely to bite humans.

BROWN DOG TICK

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Tick Information:

  • While the Brown dog tick will bite other mammals, including humans, its host is most commonly dogs. It will seek dogs in each stage of its lifecycle. It is the primary carrier of Rickettsia rickettsii transmission in the southwestern United States and on the U.S./Mexico border.

LONE STAR TICK

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Tick Information:

  • The Lonestar tick is an aggressive tick that has migrated from the south.  There are have been Lonestar ticks found in Connecticut. Unlike other ticks that quest, these ticks will actually pursue a host. It does bite humans and will bite anytime from Spring through Fall. This tick is easily distinguishable the white spot on its back. These are identified as females and they, along with nymphs, are most likely to bite humans. 

GROUNDHOG TICK

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Tick Information:

  • The Groundhog tick likes warm-blooded animals such as skunks squirrels, foxes, raccoons and sometimes pets and humans. They sometimes go by the name of “Woodchuck tick”. They are lightish brown in color.

ASIAN LONGHORNED TICK

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Tick Information:

  •  Recently found in Connecticut, the Asian Longhorned tick is an invasive species known to attack livestock in masses. Thousands of ticks can be found on animals who have succumbed to their bite. What makes these ticks most concerning is that their population can grow rapidly due to the fact that they clone themselves and need no male to reproduce. These ticks can also bite humans and domesticated animals.

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