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Tick ID, Pacific Coast tick Photo by Ticknology

Pacific Coast tick

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Pacific Coast tick Dermacentor occidentalis Distribution This hard tick is well distributed throughout California and along the Pacific coastal areas of US, found predominantly in shrublands, chaparral, and along trails from Oregon to northern Baja California and Mexico. Hosts Hosts for this tick include a wide range of mammals and birds. Immature stages commonly feed on rodents, especially squirrels; adults feed on cattle, horses, and deer. Vector Status It transmits Rickettsia species 364D (proposed name Pacific Coast Tick Fever), a form of spotted fever; where nymphal and larval stages of D. occidentalis have been implicated as the primary vectors of R. philipii to humans. It has also has been associated with transmission of the agents of tularemia (Francisella tularensis) in human, cats and dogs; RMSF, and Colorado tick fever virus (a...

Tick ID, CDC Gulf Coast tick photo

Gulf Coast tick

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Gulf Coast tick Amblyomma maculatum Distribution This hard tick is found in coastal areas of the US along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico, extending inland to Kansas and Oklahoma. Hosts Larvae and nymphs feed on primarily on birds and small rodents, while adult ticks feed on deer and other wildlife. This tick, in both immature and adult life stage, will readily feed on humans. Vector Status This Gulf Coast tick transmits Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a form of spotted fever. Adult ticks have been associated with transmission of R. parkeri to humans. Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention University of Florida- Entomology and Nematology Department[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6917" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" onclick="link_image" title="Gulf Coast tick"][vc_single_image image="729" img_size="" add_caption="yes" onclick="link_image" title="Gulf Coast tick distribution in US: 2019"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...