Deer ticks can transmit seven pathogens to humans, including Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the Unaited States. Symptoms include a ring-like rash, flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle and joint aches.
Abundant acorn crops result in an explosion of white-footed mice which serve as the best hosts for newly hatched ticks.
The mice infect the ticks with Lyme and other diseases.
Adult ticks also feed on deer, but deer don’t infect the ticks. Lyme disease is usually transmitted by the nymph-stage ticks.
A tick usually has to be attached to you for 24 to 48 hours to transmit Lyme disease. They usually don’t crawl a lot on a host and will fall off when done with feeding. Drying clothes on high heat for 10 minutes can kill ticks. Additional time is required for wet clothes.