Ticks in the Midwest
Learn about ticks commonly found in: NORTH DAKOTA – SOUTH DAKOTA – NEBRASKA – MINNESOTA – IOWA – WISCONSIN – MISSOURI – ILLINOIS – INDIANA – MICHIGAN – OHIO – KENTUCKY - KANSAS
A Chicago White Sox game with your furry bestie (they even have a treat counter!), a tour of the Fantastic Caverns in the Ozarks (the caverns were discovered by the owner’s dog in 1862!), or a cool weathered visit to Michigan’s Mackinac Island…there are so many incredible Midwest experiences to have with our furry besties! These adventures are the building blocks of fun and memories for us – and our pets.
Keeping pets safe from ticks and tick-borne diseases while enjoying these wonderful Midwest experiences is important, and potentially life-saving. Midwest pet owners have approximately twenty-four to thirty-six hours to remove a tick before tick-borne disease transmission may occur. Information and removal are crucial!
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Midwest Tick Information
Education and timely removal are key in preventing Midwest tick-borne disease transmission. Read on to learn more about the common types of ticks found in the Midwest.
Black Legged Tick (aka Deer Tick) (I. scapularis): Classified as a ‘‘three-host tick” (larvae, nymphs and adults can feed), the deer tick requires one vertebrate blood meal for development. They are commonly found in New England, mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and southeastern states. These ticks are typically found where white-tailed deer, black bears, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, fox, the white-footed mouse, chipmunks, and similar animals roam, including brushy, tall grass areas. Larvae and nymphs feed primarily on small mammals, including the white-footed mouse. Adults feed on larger mammals including the popular carrier the white-tailed deer.Tick-borne diseases related to the Deer Tick include Lyme disease, Human Babesiosis, Babesia microti (human Ehrlichiosis), and tick-borne encephalitis.
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Dermacentor andersoni): Classified as a ‘‘three-host tick” (larvae, nymphs and adults can feed), the bite of an adult female may excrete a neurotoxin that causes temporary paralysis in both humans and pets (see below). The Rocky Mountain Wood tick is commonly found in Rocky Mountain States or the Western States (Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, northern Arizona, northern New Mexico and southwestern Canada from elevations of 4,000 to 10,500 feet). These ticks are typically found typically found in shrubs, lightly wooded areas, grassland, brushy areas, and along commonly travelled paths such walking or hiking trails. Larvae and nymphs feed on small rodents; adults feed on larger mammals. Highest activity periods are spring and summer.
Tick-borne diseases related to the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick include Colorado tick fever virus (transmitted to humans), Rickettsia (transmitted to dogs, cats, humans), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (transmitted to humans, cats, and dogs), and Tularemia. Note: Saliva excreted by the Mountain wood tick contains a neurotoxin that may cause paralysis in pets and humans, which typically wears off within seventy-two hours of tick removal. Learn more here.
American Dog Tick (aka Wood Tick) (Dermacentor variabilis): Classified as a ‘‘three-host tick” (larvae, nymphs and adults can feed), the American Dog Tick is commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains. This area begins at the eastern borders of Montana and Wyoming, and spans the remainder of the entire United States, to the eastern coast. Also included is the western coast of California. They may also be found in parts of Canada and Mexico. This tick prefers overgrown areas that include tall grass, wetlands, waste fields, low lying brush, trails such as walking and hiking paths, and wooded areas. Larvae and nymphs prefer to feed on small rodents such as mice and squirrels; adults feed on larger mammals such as dogs, cattle, and deer. The activity period is April through September. Tick-borne diseases related to the American Dog Tick include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia.
Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) Classified as a ‘‘three-host tick” (larvae, nymphs and adults can feed), the Lone Star Tick is commonly found in the southeastern U.S., the eastern U.S. and in parts of the Plains. This tick can be found in dense as well as wooded areas, including hedges, and areas near water. They may also be found in forests, meadows, and fields.Larvae and nymphs prefer to feed on small mammals and birds; adults feed on larger mammals such as dogs, cattle, deer, goats, sheep, etc. The primary active period is May through August.Tick-borne diseases related to the Lone Star Tick include Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and tularemia.
Immediate tick removal is crucial to prevention of tick-borne disease transfer. You generally have approximately twenty-four to thirty-six hours to remove a tick before most blood feeding occurs. Be prepared for immediate and safe tick removal – on the spot – without the risk of human contact! Slip your lightweight (1 oz.) TickZapper®into your pocket, purse or backpack on the way out the door! Buy a TickZapper® today!