Types of Ticks In Tennessee – There are multiple different species of ticks. Each species is a little different, whether that is in size or where it likes to live. However, ticks are a serious pest that should be delt with properly. They have the ability to spread serious diseases such as rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. In the state of Tennessee there are three primary species of ticks to keep an eye out for. They include American Dog Ticks and Deer Ticks and Lonestar Ticks. So, what are some of the differing characteristics of each of these ticks?
Types Of Ticks – American Dog Ticks
The American dog tick is the best-known hard shell tick and is unique to North America. Within the United States, they are commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains and throughout parts of the west coast in the United States. Its habitats include forests, grassy open fields, and low-lying brush. However, they are most likely to search for a host in areas with high mammalian traffic, such as trails or roadsides.
Adult American dog ticks are generally found on dogs, hence the name, but they are just as happy feeding off of livestock and even humans. They are the common carrier for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the eastern part of the country and can transmit the disease in as little as two hours.
Types Of Ticks – Deer Ticks
The deer tick, is responsible for more illnesses than any other tick in the United States. They are about the size of a sesame seed with a reddish-brown body and black head markings. The deer tick is also the number-one carrier of the tick-borne Lyme disease. Unfortunately, Lyme disease has spread like wild fire throughout the south. In the last decade, the number of individuals who have reported having Lyme disease has continued to rise. Without quick removal of the tick, Lyme disease symptoms can appear up to 32 days later and include shortness of breath, chest pains, and neurological malfunctions.
Types Of Ticks – Lone Star Ticks
The lone star tick is easily identified by the white mark on the back of the female and white bands along the edge of its shield on the males. Of all the common tick species found in Tennessee, the lone star tick is unique in that it can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Heartland virus, and southern tick-associated rash illness, but it’s very rare that this tick will transmit Lyme disease. The lone star tick also carries the Alpha-gal protein that causes its host to develop an anaphylactic allergy to mammalian meat.
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