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Posted by misternatural about 3 years ago (Flag)

That is one teeny tick. Agh. Were you by what looks like a river? And did you find any buddies later that you might have initially missed?

I was in California, along the Navarro River in Mendocino County 2 summers ago when one of these little dickens dropped on me from a willow tree that I was foolish enough to sit under. I knew the larvae in particular frequently fall on unsuspecting mammals, such as the white tail deer that cross the narrows, from tall bushes and trees but the view from my log was so cool I tossed off the worry. Or I did for about 15 minutes until I saw the immature (about 2x the size of the poppyseed one on your palm) wending its way through the delicate forest of hairs on my forearm. Yikes! This is one of the very rare arthropods that cause an involuntary and violent reaction from me, usually manifesting in a sudden flinging motion. This time I shook it off onto a white t-shirt to get a better look and sure 'nut, it was Ixodes (doesn't it have a new genus name now?). Even knowing it can take up to 48 hours for any possible transmission (from any others as-yet unknown companion ticks) to occur did not help me relax enough to stay at the river; home I went to search for hitchhikers.

Posted by hariana about 3 years ago (Flag)
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