5 things people get wrong about Ticks and Lyme Disease

1. Ticks jump, fly or drop off trees – FALSE

Ticks wait at the end of a blade of grass, leaf or branch and grab a meal from anything or anyone that passes by.

 

2. A rash has to form around the tick bite if there is an infection – FALSE

A rash only forms about 50% with initial Lyme Disease Infection.

 

3. Ticks have to be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit an infection – FALSE

Ticks DO NOT have to be attached for 24 hours or more to transmit infection. There are many factors that determine how long a tick needs to be attached to transmit infection:
           – The location of the bite:
          softer skin areas may allow for a faster transmission – inner thighs, armpit, behind ears
           – The relative “strength” or health of the tick, and the type of tick
           – Different bacteria or viruses are transmitted at different rates

 

4. Ticks are only active when it’s warm – FALSE

Ticks can be active and survive in colder temperatures.Though they are less active, ticks are around, and can cause infection even in winter months.

 

5. Ticks are only in the woods and grasses – FALSE

Ticks can be carried by rodents, birds and other animals to virtually anywhere.Ticks are found even in urban centers, such as New York City.