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Top States With Deer Ticks

Jennifer Smith

Posted on May 02 2019

The Eastern Black-Legged Tick, the "deer tick," is the most common type of tick species known to carry Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses to warm blooded-mammals including white-tailed deer, rodents, people, dogs and cats. In addition to wildlife, farm animals including cattle and horses plus livestock (chickens) are known to contract Lyme. 

As with other ticks, the Eastern Black-Legged Tick tends to hang around grassy and wooded areas in search of their next blood meal. The Mid-Atlantic and New England areas, being heavily wooded, are where tick movement and Lyme Disease confirmed cases happen most often. 

Here are the top states:

  • Virginia
  • New York
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Rhode Island
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Maine

To prevent the spread of Lyme Disease, homeowners must be proactive in keeping away deer and other tick-carrying animals with wildlife fencing and other deer management tactics. While outside, outdoor enthusiasts need to carry tick removal tools and check pets, and their own skin, for embedded ticks after time spent outside. 

There is no way of knowing whether or nor a tick has a tick disease. Take the necessary steps towards tick disease prevention this spring and summer.