(Mark Wilson/Boston Globe)
Deer ticks or black legged ticks or bear tick or the lone star ticks are very small, about the size of a poppy seed. About 1/2 the size of a dog tick also known as the wood tick. You can easily see a dog tick but not the others.
- These tiny ticks are the ones that carry Lyme Disease that you hear so much about.
- These tiny ticks crawl, they do not jump, or fly.
- They sit on grass or low brush and wait for you to come by them and brush against them.
How do you get rid of deer ticks?
- Keep your yard or area mowed and clean of brush and leave piles.
- Trim your wooded trails so that overhanging brush is eliminated.
How do you prevent deer ticks from attaching to you?
- Tuck pants into socks. Wear light colors so you can maybe see them crawling on you. Use DEET or other repellent. Do not brush against brush while walking on trails.
How do you get rid of a deer tick feeding on your blood?
- Remove ticks AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and use tweezers. You are advised not to use nail polish, Vaseline, or lit matches as they may cause the deer tick to regurgitate its contents where the Lyme Disease bacteria reside. Grasp the tick on its head close to the skin and pull slowly and firmly. Disinfect the area.