Ticks are most active in spring, summer and fall. They can be found in cooler areas where trees, brush, leaf litter and tall grasses provide cover and shade from the sun. Ticks avoid heat and direct sunlight. Ticks will wait to latch on to a person or animal that passes by and then crawl around until they find a spot to attach to.
Ticks have been found throughout New York City. Some blacklegged ticks in the Bronx and Staten Island have tested positive for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. However, most NYC residents diagnosed with a tick-borne disease are infected when visiting grassy, wooded areas in upstate New York, Long Island, and surrounding states.
Learn about the types of ticks found in NYC
(b.) Lone star ticks live in Staten Island and sometimes in the north Bronx. They are about the size of a pea and can spread ehrlichiosis.
(c.) American dog ticks live in all five boroughs of NYC. They are a little larger than the size of a pea and can spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
(d.) Asian longhorned ticks live in Staten Island and the Bronx. They have not been found to spread diseases in the U.S.
Use these tips to prevent tick bites:
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Check for ticks on yourself, children and pets when returning indoors from tick-infested areas. Your chance of getting sick from a bite is lower if you remove the tick quickly.
Look for ticks in:
You should shower within two hours of coming indoors to wash off ticks and to make it easier to find any crawling ticks.
If a tick is crawling on you, remove the tick and dispose of it. You can then put it in alcohol, put it in a sealed bag/container, wrap it tightly in tape and throw it out, or flush it down the toilet.
If the tick is attached (or stuck) on your skin, watch this video on how to remove ticks and follow these steps:
Testing ticks for diseases is not recommended because:
If you think you were bitten by a tick or are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor.