Tick-borne illnesses and diseases are found inside the gut of ticks. Lyme disease (borrelia burgdorferi) is the most common vector-borne disease in the US.
"Ticks are excellent vectors for disease transmission. More than 800 species of these obligate blood-sucking creatures inhabit the planet. They are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, both infectious and toxic...," "Ticks can carry and transmit a remarkable array of pathogens, such as bacteria, spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes, and toxins. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens, a phenomenon that has led to atypical presentations of some classic tick-borne diseases. In the United States, ticks are the most common vectors of vector-borne diseases." http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/786652-overview
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Bugs as tiny as a poppy seed can inject bacteria into the blood stream and cause complete devastation to people and animals.
Here is a tick indentification form. Although, any tick species can carry bacteria, the most well known is the "deer tick," Ixodes scapularis,
If you would like to purchase a tick-kit to help you removed ticks that have attached themselves under the skin, then click here. Your purchase of a tick kit will help support the Lyme Disease Association of Greater Kansas City.