Black-legged, or Deer Tick
Now, however, the ticks have not only been found in Manisteee, but as far north as Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Sarah Hamer, of Michigan State University, conducts research and monitors the ticks spread. Their research has revealed that not only are the ticks advancing northward, but that there are more ticks per animal checked. Where there once were single ticks on animals, there now are many more with multiple ticks.
Deer and birds are being looked at as vectors for spreading the ticks up the west coast of Michigan. The small mammals do not travel very far, and the ticks by themselves travel very little.
These ticks are very small, and people should check more carefully for them than for the easily seen Wood Ticks or Dog Ticks
from the Ludington Daily News, June 26, 2007
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