Ticks and the diseases they transmit are found in all 50 U.S. states.

Do you know which are in your area?

Throughout the United States and Canada, there are a number of ticks that carry a number of serious diseases. And some ticks are known to carry more than one of these diseases, which can lead to multiple infections, or coinfection, that can complicate treatment and lead to greater health risks.

Also, risk of exposure to vector-borne disease has increased as more and more people and pets move into areas that were previously wild and perfect tick habitats. Other factors, including the growth of white-tailed deer and wild turkey populations, have resulted in expanded populations and geographic distribution of ticks.

Get to know the ticks and diseases in your community. Are the deer, western black-legged, brown dog, lone star, American dog or Gulf Coast tick living among you?

Click a tick to find out more.

Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) and brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) images supplied by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board. afpmb.org. Photographer: James L. Occi.

Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum) photograph courtesy of James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.