Ticks & Chiggers--a study

Teegate

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We had three on us in the past two weekends. One Jessica was throwing out the window and dropped it in the car. I usually find them on me Monday mornings at work.
 

Sue Gremlin

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Bob, great photos. They show very clearly an easy way to identify a black-legged tick. The ventral (belly) view shows what's called the adanal groove, or an arch that surrounds the tick's anus. No other genus of ticks has this and it's a very quick way to ID what you have.
 

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bobpbx

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Oct 25, 2002
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Oh Joy. This is a snippet of a Rutgers message.

"Gulf Coast ticks (GCT), Amblyomma maculatum are in Salem county, NJ. Individual ticks have also been found in Cape May and the Meadowlands area. This is a very aggressive tick and does bite humans and pets. It transmits Rickettsia parkeri and some populations have a high prevalence with this pathogen."
 

Sue Gremlin

Piney
Sep 13, 2005
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Vicksburg, Michigan
Oh Joy. This is a snippet of a Rutgers message.

"Gulf Coast ticks (GCT), Amblyomma maculatum are in Salem county, NJ. Individual ticks have also been found in Cape May and the Meadowlands area. This is a very aggressive tick and does bite humans and pets. It transmits Rickettsia parkeri and some populations have a high prevalence with this pathogen."
Super bummer. They look a lot like American dog ticks, but have much longer mouthparts and tend to be larger. You guys be on the lookout for these. They have a very painful bite.
 
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