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Deer Tick, Black Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Order: Acari (AK-ar-ee) (Info)
Family: Ixodidae (Ix-o-DYE-dee) (Info)
Genus: Ixodes
Species: scapularis


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Calistoga, California
Penngrove, California
Canton, Georgia
Coushatta, Louisiana
Framingham, Massachusetts
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Barton City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Kingston, New Hampshire
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Verona, New Jersey
Aquebogue, New York
Ballston Lake, New York
Craryville, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Altoona, Wisconsin
Augusta, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 7, 2008, morrigan from Craryville, NY wrote:

The deer tick is all over Columbia County, NY in numbers I never saw anywhere else before. However, the primary carrier is not just deer, but mice! The ticks reside primarily on mice and in their dens. I use 100% strength Tea Tree Oil and soak the place where the tick's head is embedded, then wait a couple of minutes, and the tick is dead, and I can pull it out no problem at all. It is always good to wait 30 days and have a Lyme titre AND Antigen test at that point - the titre not always being accurate. Systemic Lyme disease wreaks havoc with the CNS. Also, you should all know that ALL the ticks in the east now carry Lyme, Babesiosis and Ehrlichia, as well as some ticks now carry a very deadly disease, Anaplasmosis, so keep your outdoor pets well protected as well as yourselves!


On Apr 23, 2008, TheDude from Greenwood, AR wrote:

Well, I don't want to gross anyone out, but I've had over 40 dog and deer tick 'bites' in my life ( I spend a lot of time thrashing through the brush), though none were in for more than two days as far as I know. I'm hoping I've built up an immunity. When I was a teenager I was bitten on the side, and the bite got a 'bullseye' rash, which is supposed to be indicative of something. Anyway, the rash would come and go daily sometimes, and itch, for over a year. Finally I had to have the bite 'bump' cut out by my doctor, and ever since then I have not had any reactions to any other bites, over 20 since moving here to Arkansas just three years ago! But yeah, they're sickening-looking.


On Feb 20, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

There is also a hotspot for lyme disease in central Minnesota - also includes most of the Twin Cities - I even found a tick in my backyard - it was on my socks - yuck - don't know where it came from. Some articles said that ticks may wait several years before a host comes along. That makes them even more tough than spiders - spiders can live without water for several months.


On Jun 24, 2007, daylilylib from Egg Harbor City, NJ wrote:

The nymph of this tick in miniscule and it's bite is undetectable. This tick carries lyme disease, babesiosis and erlichiosis. I was a victim of the last 2 of those in the hospital for 10 days with a threat of liver failure.!! VERY DANGEROUS bug!!


On Jan 17, 2007, shaney from Framingham, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

These ticks are VERY common in eastern Massachusetts in the woods and in yards, and they are also very hard to detect when biting you because of their small size. They have no effect on plants, but they can carry Lyme disease which has a very bad effect on people. My daughter was just diagnosed with Lyme disease, which she contracted despite my best efforts to find and remove the ticks after being in the woods.


On Dec 20, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the primary tick for transmitting Lyme's disease to dogs, too, though so far, this seems to be primarily a regional disease, with the hotbed in the northeastern US. In southern California, Lyme disease is occasionally encountered, but nearly always on animals that have traveled to the east coast.


On Sep 3, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A small, freckle-size tick, the Deer Tick is known for transmitting Lyme Disease to humans.