Scratch your itch of understanding about black-legged ticks

Object of the Month: 11/2012

What is it?:

Black-legged ticks


Where was it collected:

Rural Minnesota


These two little black-legged ticks can pack a lot of punch. They can spread several diseases with a little bite.

You say you’ve never heard of a black-legged ticks before? They are a species of tick that had been misidentified as deer ticks. But even with a new identity, they still can do a lot of damage.

These ticks can transmit these four diseases:
Lyme’s disease
Human anaplasmosis
* Human babeosis
Powassan virus
They possibly also can transmit human erlichiosis.

Click on each link to learn more about these diseases, their symptoms and treatments.

Read through the ensuing pages to learn how to avoid ticks and what to do if you find a tick on your body.

Feeling creative? Go to the comments area and write your own label to describe these black-legged ticks.

What are ticks good for, anyway? Join in this ongoing Science Buzz discussion about the roles ticks play in our ecosystems.

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

hannah coblentz's picture
hannah coblentz says:

i love this exhibit!!!!

posted on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 1:26pm
daavid's picture
daavid says:

gross!

posted on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 4:23pm
ZeektheGeek's picture
ZeektheGeek says:

Have you ever heard of a tick bomb? Hundreds of ticks swarm to the top of a blade of grass and wait for the unsuspecting legs of a passerby...

posted on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:44am
singingsophers's picture
singingsophers says:

i remember the first time i got a tick!!!

posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 2:08pm
tic woman's picture
tic woman says:

i actually am a tick trapped in a humans body. so one day i bit a human, yum, and next thing you know bam! im a human. somebody help me!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 11:42am
banana's picture
banana says:

this is kind of weird, but i remember when i got ticks

posted on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 12:30pm
Bubba the great's picture
Bubba the great says:

cool! i get lots of ticks where i live

posted on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 3:05pm
Anithryn's picture
Anithryn says:

Boo ticks! Boo hiss ticks!

posted on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 4:00pm

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