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Lone Star Tick, brown tick with a white spot - Amblyomma americanum - female

Lone Star Tick, brown tick with a white spot - Amblyomma americanum - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
June 20, 2005
Size: around 6 mm
Where there is one, there are probably a lot more. I sat down to get shots of a hopper right next to this tick, and in a matter of seconds I had two of these crawling on my sandals (and that's not counting the one in the photo).

The babies bite but the bigger ones look for a more tinder spot.
I was hiking with my dog and was going though brush, I had no idea these were around I felt itching in my shorts and when I looked, I saw dozens on my legs. I freaked. Stripping down hoping nobody is looking I brush them away however they were also in my shoes by the dozens. These guys are in all sizes up to 1 cementer in diameter. but as small as a grain of salt. None of the big ones bit me however the little ones did. Do I risk the chance of getting Lyme from these critters. My dog had them all over him big and small I had to shave him then remove them all and get him some shots. Chesapeake, VA

 
Yes
even the babies or "seed ticks" can transmit Lyme Disease. Seethis series of photos and comments for my similar experience. The risk is there, so watch for the symptoms...flu like symptoms with bulls eye rash in most cases. Testing for Lyme D. at this early stage won't do any good....it takes a while for the antibodies to show in your bloodstream. I'm no expert, so if you are really concerned I suggest you talk to your Doctor.

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