I need mice to munch on
According to the CDC, my usual meal of choice as a deer tick, especially in the Northeast, is the white-footed mouse. If there’s poor acorn growth in the fall, I’m going to come after humans instead. (The mice eat the acorns, and ticks feed on the mice; it’s very Circle of Life.) Beware: We’re the kind of ticks that can transmit Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can cause chronic fatigue, joint pain, and other problems if left untreated. These are the 18 silents signs of Lyme disease.
I’m smaller than you think
I may look pretty large and in charge in a photo, but in real life, I am very tricky to spot, especially when I’m still a baby. Ticks go through four developmental stages: egg, larvae, nymph, and adult. Tick larvae are about the size of this period. Nymphs are about as big as a poppy seed and adults are roughly the size of a sesame seed. Teeny.