It's tick season! Learn what a deer tick looks like.
One summer, as I warily eyed the tick my husband pulled off me, I scurried to find good information on ticks on the web. There is a lot there, but I wanted really good photos to make a positive identification before I went to the doctor.
This first link will give you more excellent photos of the Deer Tick than you need, including some very cool video clips!
Deer ticks carry several diseases that can harm you.
There is no need to worry IF you know what to do and when to do it.
Be safe, be smart....be informed.
This is a dog tick...it looks like a deer tick until you really know the differences.
UNofficial advice, from an art teacher who advises you check elsewhere:
In a nutshell, be careful when you pull out a tick to grab as close to the skin as you can (tweezers work) and pull out...do not try to "screw" it out (I think its little head would twist off). Do not crush the tick which would spread its contents around. Wash your hands well. Save the tick for the doctor if you want to be doubly sure of its kind by placing it in alcohol, or, as I do, in the freezer. Trap the tick between two pieces of tape.
Interesting tick info:
Ticks are very good at finding you or some other animal. They sense the carbon dioxide you exhale. Ticks will walk up plants and hang out near the edges waiting for something to walk by. Ticks figure out where something is likely to walk by (following carbon dioxide I suppose), so along regular paths used by dogs or people they would be more common. Young ticks have 6 legs...more mature ones have 8....they are arachnids but they are not spiders.
You can attract and trap ticks using dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) as a bait, and a big square of white cloth for them to walk up. You then pick them off. I hear double sided tape could trap them, and for sure the sticky panels used to trap other insects. You can also take a sheet of light colored cloth and drag it () and see if you turn up any ticks waiting for a ride. Guinea hens are great tick spotters and eaters...they also have the loudest most obnoxious calls you can imagine!
This picture was taken with the school's digital camera and microscope.
It is a Deer Tick. In fact it is MY Deer Tick!