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Ticks and Tick Bites

Ticks cannot jump or fly, but often climb grasses and shrubs in order to come in contact with people or animals walking by so they can attach themselves and feed on blood.

Ticks have the potential to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. Most tick-borne diseases require the tick to be attached and feeding for several hours before the person gets infected. Tick bites are often painless at first and most people do not know they have been bitten so checking yourself and your pet for ticks immediately after being in an infested area is important.

Numerous species of ticks exist in the United States and worldwide, but not all species of ticks transmit disease. If you need assistance identifying a tick, try contacting your local health department or university extension office for assistance.

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Topics on this page:


Tick Bite Prevention

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Diseases Transmitted by Ticks

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Biology of Ticks

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Controlling Ticks

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Last updated July 15, 2016

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