Ticks are small parasites that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. As ticks grow they feed repeatedly, sometimes on multiple animals. During this feeding process, ticks can transmit diseases to the host animal. The most common tick-borne illness for people in Livingston County is Lyme Disease.
Ticks are found all over the world, but different regions have different common species. For information on the species most often seen in Livingston County, click here. Different kinds of ticks transmit different illnesses.
Finding a tick on your skin can be scary! Avoiding ticks is the best way to prevent disease, but even after a tick is attached there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of illness. Click here for information on avoiding ticks, and what to do if you’ve been exposed.
Help the Livingston County Department of Health fight FAKE TICK NEWS! Visit our tick myths page to separate facts from fiction and help educate your friends and neighbors! We encourage you to share these links on your social media pages, and remember to always check sources when you see tick information online.
The Livingston County Department of Health held a public forum on ticks and Lyme disease prevention on May 20, 2019. Featured speakers were Integrated Pest Management expert Lynn Braband and Dr. Aaron Farney of the Livingston County Board of Health. You can watch the entire event in the video below.