What color are ticks that carry Lyme disease?


Ticks that carry Lyme disease are typically very small, about the size of a poppy seed, and can be difficult to spot. The color of these ticks can vary depending on their life stage and species, but in general, they are often dark brown or black in color. The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the primary tick species that transmits Lyme disease in the northeastern and upper midwestern United States, and it is typically brown to reddish-brown in color with black legs. However, it is important to note that the color of the tick is not a reliable indicator of whether it is carrying Lyme disease, so it is always a good idea to take precautions and check for ticks after spending time outdoors in areas where Lyme disease is common.

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