Been bitten by a tick this summer? That sucks. Well, now is a good time to check yourself for early symptoms of Lyme Disease. A good indicator is a large, bullseye-shaped rash in the area you were bitten.
Deer ticks are the primary vectors of Borrelia burgdorferi—the bacteria pathogen that causes Lyme Disease—which they mainly obtain from feeding on the blood of deer and white-footed deer mice, and then transfer to us when feeding on our blood.
People infected with Lyme Disease experience dizziness, joint soreness, and in severe cases, death. That can tick some people off!
Ticks in general are the main carriers for the majority of vector-born diseases in the world, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, and relapsing fever. As parasites, ticks spend their lives feeding on the blood of other animals and consequently can be detrimental to the fitness of individual organisms and can help keep populations of some animals in check.