From: Jenna’s Lyme Blog
Most people are unaware that ticks become active at any temperatures above freezing, in fact they have been documented in active form during winter thaws of only several days. These cold days are actually the greatest time of risk. When the female tick lays her eggs in the late fall, she dies leaving three to six thousand of invaders. As soon as they hatch they are called larvae (with 6 legs) and they are hungry immediately looking for blood! At this stage they are smaller than a poppy seed and most unlikely to be seen on the body and after eating may lie dormant for up to a year. They feed a second time as a nymph once they have grown two more legs, and are still just the size of a freckle. The adult female is the tick usually the one large enough to find on the body.
Also, NOT ALL INFECTIOUS TICKS LEAVE A BULLS EYE RASH AFTER INFECTING A PERSON WITH LYME WHILE SOME TICKS THAT LEAVE A BULLS EYE RASH WILL ONLY INFECT THE SKIN. THIS IS NEW INFORMATION DISCOVERED BY A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AT STONYBROOK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER.
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