With warm weather comes more time spent outdoors - kids and pets playing in the backyard or BBQs on the deck. However, lurking beneath all this fun are blood-sucking arachnids hanging off bushes and grasses just waiting for a host to brush past. Ticks are the bad guy of summer. In addition to posing a serious health hazard, ticks are incredibly har to spot and require precision to be removed from the skin.
Ticks are external parasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are implicated in the transmission of a number of infections caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. A single bite from an infected tick can change your life forever, and not for the better. Lyme Disease is the most notorious consequence of a tick bite. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, another tick-transmitted disease, can be fatal if not properly treated. Not all ticks are killers, though. However, it's impossible to tell which ones are. Eradicating the ticks from your property is the best line of defense.
There are five types of tick that are found in the United States, though not all live in Tennessee. These American ticks include: