What is Tick?
Tick is the name commonly used to describe tiny arachnids that belong to the super family Ixodoidea. They are external parasites that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and are vectors of many diseases.
Tick Borne Diseases
Ticks themselves are not harmful but their bite can contain secretions and toxins. Organisms present in the ticks’ saliva can get transferred when they bite people and this causes diseases.
Some of the diseases spread by ticks are:
• Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)
• Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
• Tick Borne Relapsing Fever
• Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness Tularemia
• Colorado Tick Fever
• Q Fever
• Powassan Encephalitis
Tick related illnesses follow certain patterns and are more common between April and September when ticks are evolving from their larvae stage to adult stage.