The "larger" ticks you notice in the Poconos are probably the American Dog tick. Deemed Lyme-free, unfortunately they sometimes carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
- I'll take another case of Lyme thank you.
Fortunately they're easy to spot.
The tiny ticks in the article, the Black-legged tick, is what we used
to call Deer ticks. Some researcher realized it wasn't a new species, "just a Black-Legged."
- Yeah, thanks.
Most still know these little guys as the chief carriers of Lyme Disease and associate it with deer. It'll take a while before we stop calling 'em Deer ticks.
- I still call 'em Deer ticks too - and a couple other names.
Little guys, some nymphs no bigger than one of these periods.
Most times you don't notice you have them.
The first that gave me Lyme was the size of a poppy seed.
- And you were only worried of things that go bump in the night.