Ticks hold onto vegetation waiting for a host to pass by – a behavior known as questing.  

Blacklegged tick nymphs are the size of a poppy seed.

engorged lone star tick adult
Image by NYS IPM

Ticks, like this lone star tick, engorged with blood are more difficult to identify. 

American dog tick adult on a human leg
Image by NYS IPM

Often found in tall grass, dog tick adults are our largest tick and therefore easily seen.

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Tick Talk

Ticks and tick-borne diseases have become a significant public health issue in New York, with numerous tick species and diseases currently present and spreading within the state and region.More ticks in more places also increases your risk of tick encounters and the disease-causing pathogens they inject during their blood meal.

Tick-borne diseases in New York include:

Different species of ticks can transmit different pathogens, so identifying the tick species is important.

Tick saliva can also impact people, including alpha-gal allergy caused by lone star tick bites and tick paralysis, mostly attributed to female American dog ticks.

But, overall, prevention is best. Avoiding tick-borne diseases and impacts means avoiding a tick bite. Use the resources and links on the right and left sidebars of this webpage for the resources you will need to avoid tick bites, manage ticks in the landscape, what to do if you are bitten, and protect yourself from tick bites and tick borne diseases.

Last updated January 13, 2021