The blacklegged deer tick is definitely making its presence known this summer. According to the Knox County Health Department, that should be a concern for local residents. The blacklegged deer tick is the main carrier for Lyme disease. So far this year, there are currently19 cases of Lyme disease in Knox County. That’s more than double the total number of cases for all of last year.
The blacklegged tick is one of two common ticks in Ohio. The other is the American dog tick which causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So far this year in Knox County, there has been one confirmed case which has been the average number for the past few years.
Environmental Health Director Nate Overholt, RS, said anyone who spends time outside should take precautions to avoid contact with all ticks. “That includes wearing repellent and checking for ticks on your clothing and your skin, as well as your pets,” said Overholt. One of the problems with detecting the blacklegged tick is the nympths (young ticks) are no bigger than a poppy seed which makes them nearly impossible to spot. (read more)