Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ticks

Ticks are a problem in the spring and summer. Ticks can attach to you and your pets. The female deer tick has a tear drop shape with a reddish orange abdomen and solid black dorsal shield. The male is smaller and a uniform black in color. The nymph also has a tear drop shape, but is a dark brown to black in color. The female lone star tick is more roundest and has single, white spot in the center of it's body. The male, also round, has a chestnut brown color with no distinguishing markings. The female and nymphal ticks feed and can transmit diseases.

If you are camping or hiking you need to know what to do if you have a tick bite. Make sure to check your pets especially dogs for ticks if they have been out running in brushy areas. Check your clothing and skin to make sure a tick has not got on your person. If you see a tick and you remove it within twenty four hours. This will greatly reduces the likelihood of Lyme disease getting transmitted to you. If you are out in the woods or camping and the temperature is above freezing. Deer ticks are active and you should take precautions. You should be careful May to June and October and November.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ticks cause some major problems, and they can be really hard to find when they first attach. Constant vigilance!

Bill W.
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