Ticks have become quite abundant in many parts of Vermont. While ticks are mostly a nuisance, some can carry pathogens. Pathogens are microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause illness. If a tick infected with a pathogen bites you, disease transmission is possible, and you may become sick.
Thirteen different tick species have been identified in Vermont, but only four are known to carry pathogens that cause disease in humans:
|Deer Tick||Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis|
|American Dog Tick||Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia|
|Lone Star Tick||Ehrlichiosis|
The best way to prevent disease is to prevent tick bites
Tickborne illnesses are most frequently transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months. By taking preventive measures, such as wearing a repellent containing 30% DEET, checking your body daily for ticks, and actively limiting exposure to ticks and tick habitats, you can decrease your risk of infection.
- Read our booklet: "Be Tick Smart"
- Tick Identifier Card
- Prevent tick bites
- Insect repellent tips
- Control ticks around your home & property
Listen to our PSA's about how to Be Tick Smart and prevent Lyme disease