IDENTIFY THE TICK
It is important to remember that ticks can carry many organisms and are not limited to harboring just one or two. Mice, for example, can be infected with over 90 different diseases. If a tick feeds on an animal with multiple known or unknown diseases, one or more may be transmitted as it feeds on humans. To see some nice photos of ticks please click here.
The American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) can transmit many diseases.
Blacklegged (or deer) ticks (Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus) can transmit several tick-borne diseases.
Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) have been linked to transmission of a number of diseases.