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How Dangerous Are Ticks?

Ticks can be found in every state in the US and are a year round problem, but aside from being a nuisance, they can also pose a threat to your health and the health of your pets as well. While they are very small, ranging between 3 to 5 millimeters in length, they carry a wide variety of diseases that differ depending on the type of tick.

Dog Ticks

The most common type of tick is the brown dog tick. It is most often found inside of the home, typically on your dogs or other pets. They’re no longer than a quarter of an inch but cause a lot of problems as they’ll bite dogs, cats, and humans searching for a blood meal. They most commonly spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Tularemia, Q fever, Tick-Borne Encephalitis virus (TBE), and other diseases. Additionally, their bites can cause strong allergic reactions.

You’re most likely to come in contact with a dog tick either outside, or when spending time with your pets if they’ve been outside.

Deer Ticks

The more nefarious of tick species is the deer tick. They are responsible for transmitting Lyme disease, which can cause serious complications if left untreated. Additionally, even though there are treatments to help with Lyme symptoms, there is no cure for the disease itself, and it can cause lifelong complications for those infected.

For the most part, deer ticks live in forests and tall grasses, especially in wooded areas with a lot of brush. In one deer tick's lifetime, it will only eat three times but remove between 5 to 7 ml of blood from its host each time. They’re the second most dangerous blood-sucking arthropods in North America after mosquitoes.

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