Safety Blog


Monday, 04 June 2012 18:42

Deer Tick Example

A Frattalone Superintendent brought this in the zip lock baggie for me to see. This is by far the smallest deer tick I have ever seen. He was surprised his wife was able to find the tick... myself as well. This deer tick appears to be in the larva stages of it's lifecycle. As one can see from this picture, the tick body is about the same size as the pen tip and measures between 1/32 and 1/16 inch. Pull a ruler out to see just how small these little fellas can be as this picture is enlarged. If this tick is infected with the lyme disease bacteria, it will be infected for it's life, 2 years. Having an infected tick latched on to your body for 36-48 hours could transmit the disease. The size of this tick explains why many people get lyme disease and didn't even know they were bitten by a tick.

For more information on lyme disease and deer ticks, an excellent source is the CDC:

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/brochure/508_LD_Brochure.pdf

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