Where are ticks that transmit Lyme disease found?

Peter DeLucia
Health Education Specialist

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are mainly found in the northeastern US; mostly in heavily wooded areas with tall grass, where deer are found. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, discusses some tips for avoiding these ticks.

The tick is found around branches and in wooded and grassy areas. Like all ticks, it attaches itself to any warm-blooded animal with which it comes into direct contact, including humans. Deer ticks are active any time the temperature is above about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, most cases of infection happen between May and late August, when ticks are most active and people spend more time outdoors.

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are found in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and there's a few in Wisconsin. They are very rarely found in the northern part of California.

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