Ticks in Vermont

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Tick Species Found in Vermont

There are about 13 species of ticks in Vermont, and four of them are known to carry disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The most common of these is the deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick.

The three other types of ticks in Vermont that are potentially harmful to humans include:

  • Lone Star Ticks
  • Woodchuck Ticks
  • American Dog Ticks.

Problems Caused by Ticks in VT

Deer ticks in Vermont transmit organisms that cause Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. In fact, the state reports a high number of Lyme Disease cases each year due to these pests.

While lone star ticks live primarily in Southeast and South-Central states, they can be found in Southern New England as well. The pests are linked to Ehrlichiosis and Tularemia.

Having spread east of the Rocky Mountains, woodchuck ticks can also transmit diseases, like Powassan virus.

Bites from American dog ticks may lead to Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, though these diseases are rare in Vermont.

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