Ticks in the Northeast
Learn about ticks commonly found in: Maine – New Hampshire – Vermont – Massachusetts – Rhode Island – Connecticut – New Jersey – New York – Rhode Island – Pennsylvania – Virginia/West Virginia – Delaware – Maryland – Washington, D.C.
Enjoying a Saturday snack with fellow pups and pet parents at New York’s Boris & Horton, gearing up for a stroll through Washington D.C.’s Park & Aquatic Gardens, or, taking pictures in the dugout at Boston’s Fenway park…these are all activities that you can enjoy with your furry bestie. That being said, you must also be vigilant about ticks while enjoying your pet-centric activities.
Creating memories with our pets is like no other pastime. It brings joy to us – as well as our pets. It is for this reason that we must prepare for outdoor adventures to ensure the very best experience for ourselves – and our beloved pets.
You have approximately twenty-four to thirty-six hours to remove a tick before tick-borne disease transmission may occur. Education and immediate tick removal are key. Learn about the current tick activity in your intended destination spot, and, have a quick, easy, and safe on-the-spot tick removal tool on hand. TickZapper® can handle all of your tick removal needs, without the risk of human contact. Lightweight (1 oz.) and self-energizing means it is battery free, always ready, and fits easily into your pocket or beach bag as you head out on your next adventure! Looking for more information about ticks and tick-borne diseases in the Northeastern area? Read on to learn more or buy a TickZapper®today.
Northeast Tick Information
Education and timely removal are key in preventing tick-borne disease transmission. Read on to learn more about the types of ticks commonly found in the Northeast.
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. Larvae will appear in May; adult ticks become active in October and remain active through the winter months proving the ground is not frozen.
Tick-borne diseases related to the Deer Tick include Lyme disease, Human Babesiosis, Babesia microti (human Ehrlichiosis), and tick-borne encephalitis.
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!