Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is rarely observed in Tennessee, although it can occasionally be
found within the state. However, we discovered the lone star tick from our camping trip last weekend.

Lone Star Tick

Larvae, nymphs, and adults will feed on a variety of warmblooded
hosts, including people. The larva is very tiny, only a little larger than the
period at the end of this sentence. The nymph, the most common stage found on
people, is about pinhead-sized. Adults are about 1/8-inch long and brown. The adult
female has a white spot in the middle of her back.
The lone star tick is most active from April through the end of July. Although it can transmit
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the lone star tick is not as likely to transmit the disease as the
American dog tick. This tick also may transmit tularemia and ehrlichiosis to humans. The lone
star tick is not believed to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi),
but it may be associated with a related bacteria species that has not been completely identified.