The lowdown on Deer Ticks


Volunteer Ranger Kate Jones tells us some facts about ticks in this very informative blog.

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If you go for a jaunt along one of the many beautiful wooded valleys in Exmoor on a warm day you may pick up a friend or two along the way. The term ‘friend’ is used lightly as it will end up being a one-sided relationship of all take and no give. So tuck your trousers in your socks and roll those sleeves down because we are of course talking about the delightful deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).

I love wildlife in all it's forms by Mark Robinson via Flickr I love wildlife in all it’s forms by Mark Robinson via Flickr

Now whatever you may think about these little critters you can’t deny that they are absolutely fascinating. They are an arachnid that feeds on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally us. They definitely have a penchant for binge drinking as they only feed three times in their two year life cycle.

Picture credits clockwise from top left: Ixodes scapularis Say: M, F, N, L, eggs by AFPMB, Deer tick life stages by Animal Diversity Web, Soft tick by dr_relling, Ticks on finger by Fairfax County. All via Flickr Picture credits clockwise from top left: Ixodes scapularis…

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