Ticks are small spiderlike creatures (arachnids) that bite into the
skin and attach themselves to feed on blood. Tick bites occur most often during
early spring to late summer.
Two types of ticks commonly found in the United States and some parts of Canada are deer
ticks and Western black-legged ticks; both types may carry bacteria that
cause Lyme disease. But most ticks do not carry disease or cause serious
Ticks can live in the fur and feathers of many birds and animals.
People are more likely to get a tick bite when they are in places where there are
many wild animals and birds.
It is important to remove a tick as soon as you discover one.
Removing the body of the tick will help people avoid diseases the tick may pass on
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine