Most (about 98%) Lyme disease cases are associated with the bite of the nymphal stage of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), of which 10 - 36% may be infected with Lyme disease spirochetes. Nymphalblacklegged ticks are very small (about the size of a pinhead), difficult to spot, and are active during the late spring and summer months. Adult blacklegged ticks are active in the fall, warmer days in the winter. They are larger, easier to spot, and therefore associated with fewer cases of Lyme disease (though infection rates are higher)
Prompt removal of an attached tick will reduce the chance of infection. The probability of transmission of Lyme disease spirochetes increases the longer an infected tick is attached. It takes 36-48 hours or more for transmission of Lyme to occur from an attached tick and not all ticks are infected. Therefore, a tick bite does not necessarily mean a person will get infected.
Remove the tick using thin-tipped tweezers or forceps to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible. Pull the tick straight upward with steady even pressure.
This should remove the tick with the mouthparts intact. Don’t attempt to smother the tick with petroleum jelly, or nail polish.
The information on this page is from Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov and Occupational Safety and Health Administration www.osha.gov.
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