Did you know that June is peak season for nymphal stage deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis). These ticks, the size of poppy seeds, transmit Lyme disease and are very difficult to detect. Did you also know that you are highly likely to be bitten by a disease-carrying tick in your own backyard?
In Michigan, there have been reports of Dog Ticks, Deer Ticks, Lone Star Ticks, and Brown Dog Ticks.
Different ticks carry and transmit different diseases.
The Dog Tick carries Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.
The Deer Tick transmits Lyme Disease, Human Babesiosis, and Human Anaplasmosis.
The Lone Star Tick carries Human Ehrlichiosis and Tularemia.
It is important to be informed and watch for ticks on you and your pets. Tick populations continue to grow from year to year and are not isolated to heavily-wooded areas.
There are some critical steps that you can take to help protect yourself and your pets:
Pre-treat clothes and shoes that will be worn outdoors for activities such as exercising, hiking, and gardening.
Use a flea and tick preventative from your veterinarian to help control flea and/or ticks.
Perform full body checks on you and your pets for ticks after coming inside.
Find a tick on you or your pet?
Compassionate Care Animal Hospital is a TickEncounter Prevention Partner. Collect the tick in a container (without alcohol) and bring it to the clinic so we can report it. Once it is reported, we can also determine if it is a tick that should be tested for disease. You can also submit the information at https://tickencounter.org/tickspotters.
Although different types of ticks carry different illnesses, many begin with similar symptoms. Monitor your pet for fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, stiff gait, and painful joints.
If you would like more (a lot more) information on this tick topic, check out https://tickencounter.org/. The chart pictured here is from this very informative website.