Pest Identification: Deer Ticks in Tennessee
Deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks, are named after their preference to feed on white-tailed deer. They are mainly found in the eastern region of the United States, including Tennessee. Deer ticks are commonly mistaken for the American dog tick but can be identified by:
- Size: Deer ticks, about the size of a sesame seed, are much smaller than the common dog tick.
- Color: Deer ticks have a reddish body with black markings on their heads.
- Legs: Like many other ticks, deer ticks have six to eight legs.
Diseases Carried by Deer Ticks
Although deer ticks prefer to feed on deer and other mammals, they will occasionally feed on humans. A bite from a deer tick can be potentially dangerous, as they are known to spread severe illnesses such as Lyme disease. Because Tennessee is the host of many deer, its residents have been directly affected by deer ticks and Lyme disease. Since 2006, Tennessee has seen more than 6,000 cases of Lyme disease alone. Early symptoms of Lyme disease are:
- Skin rash in the shape of a bullseye
The early stages of Lyme disease are very similar to the flu and can lead to misdiagnosis. If you think you’ve been bitten by a deer tick, take the specimen to the doctor with you so they can test it and diagnose you properly.
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