Deer Ticks

Most ticks prefer to live in dense vegetation like forests with leaf litter or prairies with tall grasses.

Adult ticks are most active from April through September.

The three most common species are deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks. Deer ticks, also called black-legged ticks, are particularly important to recognize because they can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Appropriate attire can help deter ticks and help people notice before the ticks ever bite. Wearing long sleeves and pants can keep ticks off your skin, and ticks are easier to spot on light-colored clothing. Wear long socks you can tuck your pants into or elastic-ankle sweatpants to keep ticks from finding their way underneath your clothes. Lightweight ankle gaiters are also an option. Repellant with 20-30 percent DEET will help keep ticks off of clothing and exposed skin, but requires reapplication.


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