Ticks in Georgia
As you may already know, ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of mammal hosts. They are a problem because of the diseases various species carry, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tick paralysis, Colorado tick fever, and several others. Ticks are found all over the world, particularly in regions with warm, damp climates. It is important to be cautious in wooded areas, checking your skin and clothing after leaving. If you happen to catch a tick, be sure to remove it carefully with a pair of tweezers, disinfecting the bite area afterwards.
Lone Star ticks are marked with a distinctive, silvery spot on their oval, brownish-black bodies. Typically found in damp, shaded areas, these ticks are known to attack humans more than any other tick in the southeastern region of the United States. They are carriers of tularemia and are a cause of tick-paralysis. They are also monor carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Deer or “Blacklegged” Tick
This tick is known for its black legs in contrast to its body, and its preference for the white-tailed deer as a host. They are found throughout the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic states, in transitional vegetation areas such as a forest edge. Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. They are oval and orangish brown, except for their legs.
As the name implies, these ticks are only found in North America and prefer attaching to dogs. However, they are commonly found on both dogs and humans. They have an oval shape and are brown with light gray markings. The American Dog tick is also the primary carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.