There are about seventy-five species of ticks in the United States, present in nearly all habitats. In most regions of the United States, the ticks most likely to be found on humans are the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), blacklegged or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), and lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). Ticks are parasites of nearly all land vertebrates, including snakes, tortoises, birds, and most species of mammals, and there are numerous human and animal disorders and diseases traceable to ticks. Inspecting children and pets daily, removing ticks properly, applying repellants, cutting tall vegetation, and applying insecticides can all help prevent tick problems. Please contact your Bartlett Arborist Representative to learn about control options.