are often found in tall grass, where they will rest themselves
at the tip of a blade so as to attach themselves to a passing
animal or human. They will generally drop off of the animal when
full, but this may take several days. Ticks contain a structure
in their mouth area that allows them to anchor themselves firmly
in place while sucking blood. Pulling a tick out forcefully out
from under the skin often leaves the head behind, which may result
in infection. Methods for removing a tick without it leaving its
mouthpiece inside the skin include anesthezing the tick with a
substance such as ether.
the American dog tick, is perhaps the most well-known of the North
American hard ticks. Ixodes dammini, the deer tick, is common
to the eastern part of North America and is known for spreading
Lyme disease. A close cousin of I. dammini, Ixodes pacificus lives
in the western part of the continent and is responsible for spreading
Lyme disease and the more deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
I. pacificus tends to prefer livestock as its adult host.
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