Diseases that can be Transmitted by Ticks

Not all ticks spread disease and you won't get sick from every tick bite, but it is important to make sure you stay aware of ticks, the illnesses that they cause, and how to prevent tick bites. There are many different kinds of ticks, but the most common ticks that people come across in North Dakota are the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also commonly known as the deer tick. Sometimes ticks carry germs like bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to a person while the tick is attached and feeding. Avoiding tick bites is the best way to avoid getting these diseases.