Ticks are disease carriers and can pass illnesses on to humans and animals. There are a number of types of ticks that live in Florida. It is important to be aware of ticks and to control their presence in your environment.
Florida Tick Types and the Diseases They Carry
The University of Florida IFAS Extension recognizes several species of ticks in Florida. They include:
Brown Dog Tick
American Dog Tick
Lone Star Tick
Gulf Coast Tick, and
Ticks can carry several harmful diseases including
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the most severe tick-borne disease in the United States,
Lyme Disease, which is much more common in the Northeast United States,
Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis, carried by the lone star tick and the black-legged tick, respectively,
Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), carried by the lone star tick, and
Rickettsia parkeri, transmitted by the gulf coast tick.
If you are bitten by a tick and become sick, seek medical help. If possible, collect the tick and bring it with you to the health center.
How To Control Ticks in Florida
The key to not getting sick from tick bites is awareness and control. Avoid outdoor areas of tall grass and brush where ticks live. Wear light-colored clothes so that you can spot ticks easily. Apply good quality tick repellent. Upon coming home, remove clothing and dry them at high temperature for 10 minutes or so, which will kill ticks.
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