TICKS

Long Island, NY
DEER TICK (Black Legged Tick)

Scientific Name: Ixodes Scapulares

The Deer Tick is a hard bodied tick and a medium for various diseases of animals and  humans including, but not limited to, Lyme Disease, Baesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Powassan Virus Disease. 

It is found up the East Coast and North Midwestern of the U.S.  Additionally, it is known to parasitize the White Tailed Deer, Mice, Lizards, Migratory Birds especially at the time of nymph stage.

The deer tick typically obtains pathogens from mice host.  In recent years, research has found that approximately 50% of Deer Ticks carry some type of pathogen.

AMERICAN DOG TICK (Wood Tick)

Scientific Name: Dermacentor Variabilis

One of the most common type of Hard Ticks, the American Dog Tick is known for carrying several bacteria which cause human diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.   

The American Dog Tick is a colorful tick and commonly found in shrubs, long grass and brush.  Ticks can be reduced in one's yard by consistently cutting grass which reduces humidity levels which subsequently causes an undesirable environment for the tick.

Ticks generally take about 6-8 hours after biting to transfer infection although this can vary.

LONE STAR TICK  (NorthEastern Water Tick)

Scientific Name: Amblyomma  Americanum 

Indigenous to most of Eastern U.S. and Mexico.  Attaches to it's host and engorges with blood for up to 7 days.  The tick is identified by a white star shaped spot on it's back, located approximately mid body.  
Like all ticks, it can be a vector of diseases including human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia chaffeensis), canine and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia ewingii), tularemia (Francisella tularensis), and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI, possibly caused by the spirochete Borrelia lonestari).[11] STARI exhibits a rash similar to that caused by Lyme disease, but is generally considered to be less severe. (Credit: Wikipedia)