Common Ticks in Livingston County
Black-legged Deer Tick
This tick is known to transmit Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplaasmosis, and Powassan disease.
American Dog Tick
This tick is known to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and tularemia.
Lone Star Tick
This tick is known to transmit ehrlichia, tularemia, Heartland virus, and Southern tick-associated rash illness.
Brown Dog Tick
This tick is known to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, although this tick is more often responsible for tick-borne diseases in dogs.
*Photos from the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center.
Identifying ticks can be difficult, especially in the nymphal (young) stage. Not all ticks transmit disease, and many tick bites go unnoticed, so diagnosis of disease is not based on tick identification. Prevention and regular tick checks are your best defense against ticks!