The appearance of unfed adults ticks are tear shaped and about the size of an apple seed. Ticks do not fly nor have the wings to do so and they are flat and oval in appearance until they feed, meaning they’ve had a blood meal. Nymphs and adults will have eight legs, but tick larvae only have six. Ticks can be gray-white, black, brown, reddish-brown or yellowish in color depending on the type of tick. Ticks are capable of biting at all three of their active life stages: larval, nymph and adult.
Ticks can carry and transmit Lyme disease and other diseases as well.
Early lyme disease can often present flu-like symptoms such as: chills, fever, muscle aches, sweats, nausea and/or joint pain. Some patients may experience a type of rash such as the “bull’s eye” rash, it also may be in the form of another type of rash and in some cases there is no rash at all. Facial drooping (Bells Palsy) is also considered to be a characteristic of lyme disease.
If not diagnosed and treated early or if treatment is inadequate it could become “late stage” or chronic. The disease may also spread to other parts of the body and have a negative effect of that particular body systems. It often will effect more the one system.
Ticks are most often found in areas that are wooded, brushy or have tall weeds and grasses. The peak of tick season for most areas of the United States runs from April through July, though ticks can active in winter as well if the weather is just right