What Kind of Ticks Spread Disease in North America?

With more than 800 species of ticks in the world, and 90 in the U.S. alone, it’s fortunate for us that not all ticks spread disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only a select few species of ticks bite humans and transmit disease, with different types of ticks spreading different diseases.

Here’s a list of the human-biting ticks that live in the continental U.S., the areas where they’re found, and the types of diseases each can transmit:

American Dog Tick: Found east of the Rocky Mountains and in some limited areas along the Pacific, these ticks spread diseases like Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Blacklegged Tick: Widespread in the eastern U.S., these ticks can cause Lyme disease and Powassan virus disease, as well as anaplasmosis, a form of relapsing fever called Borrelia miyamotoi disease, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis.

Brown Dog Tick: Found throughout the U.S. and the world, these ticks primarily feed on dogs, but can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever when they bite humans. These ticks can also spread this dangerous disease to dogs.

Gulf Coast Tick: These ticks are found along the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as up the Atlantic Coast south of New England. They transmit rickettsioses, a group of spotted fever diseases, the most serious of which is Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Lone Star Tick: Found in the U.S. Southeast and East, these aggressive ticks spread diseases including Heartland virus, tularemia, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness, and ehrlichiosis.

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick: These ticks are found in the Rocky Mountain states, and can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and tularemia.

Western Blacklegged Tick: Found along the Pacific Coast, primarily Northern California, these ticks can carry anaplasmosis and Lyme disease.

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Posted | 01.21.2020

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