My least favorite arachnid -- the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum). Guess it's time to treat my field clothes.
If you are a regular reader, you have probably figured out by now that I am a live and let live sort of person -- for the most part. I will not, however, offer myself up as a blood meal to ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, or biting flies. It's my blood and I plan to keep it (except for the odd pint here and there that goes to the American Red Cross).
All that being said, I do have a sort of grudging respect for the little blood suckers. They have a part to play in the overall scheme of things and they are quite wonderfully adapted to their role.
You will have to excuse me now. I just spied another tick, this one a nymph, strolling across my hand as I type. Time for a strip search!
Enjoy the outdoors, but be vigilant! Check for ticks often. A tick can't transmit disease unless it attaches and it takes them a little while to dig in.