Love the great outdoors? So do bugs, which enjoy summer nibbles just like the rest of us. Unfortunately, the playing field changes considerably when you’re the critter food. Insects and spiders are more than just irritating upstarts that ruin those idyllic family vacations in the movies. They bite, break skin and their venom or saliva can cause on-site inflammation, illness or even death.
Here’s a guide on how to recognize the little pests and how to treat their bites:
How they look: The adult deer tick—also known by this nickname
—has eight legs and is about as large as a tiny seed (which seed
?). Females have red bellies and a black shield close to the head.
Where they live: These ticks live predominantly in this region
, in forests—or in areas adjoining forests—that are home to small animals, such as rodents
). Because they also feed on deer, these ticks are found in deer habitats, says Thomas W. Phillips, Ph.D., professor and head of the department of entomology at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kan.
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