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Ticks are small bugs that are commonly associated with other outdoor pests such as mosquitoes and flies.
  They are actually small arachnids (like a spider) that require blood meals to complete their complex life cycles. Although ticks will die eventually if they do not get a blood meal, many species can survive a year or more without a blood meal.

Fossils suggest that ticks have been around at least 90 million years. While there are over 800 species of ticks throughout the world, the most common species of ticks known to be in New Jersey are:

In addition to being an unwelcome parasite on people, pets and wildlife, ticks can also transmit certain diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Those enjoying the outdoors, including hunters, anglers, or others just looking to get outside while remaining socially distant during the COVID-19 pandemic should take precautions to avoid ticks and tick-borne diseases, and to prevent the transfer of ticks to new sites.

Before you go outdoors, visit one of our partners below or click on a “how-to” subject so you and your loved ones can be tick smart and fight the bite this season.

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 For More infrmation, visit one of our partners:



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has many resources about ticks and the diseases they can cause





State of New Jersey Department of Health

For New Jersey-specific information regarding ticks and vector-borne diseases, go to the New Jersey Department of Health's Communicable Disease Service page.



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