Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are commonly found in wooded areas and are known to carry diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis. These tiny arachnids feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles, and can pose a danger to humans and pets if not removed promptly.

To protect yourself from blacklegged tick bites, it’s important to wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, use insect repellent, and do a thorough tick check after spending time outdoors. If you do find a tick attached to your skin, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible using fine-tipped tweezers.

If you develop a rash, fever, or other symptoms after a tick bite, seek medical attention immediately. With proper prevention and prompt treatment, the risk of complications from blacklegged tick bites can be minimized.