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Monterey Bay Area’s Helpful Tick Bite Field Guide

Although small, ticks are dangerous and shouldn’t be taken lightly. They carry and transmit many diseases that can make people sick. These diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, relapsing fever, tularemia, human babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, tick paralysis, and Colorado tick fever. Ticks are arachnids, which explains their eight legs and rigged outer body. Two common species in the Monterey Bay Area are the black-legged ticks and American dog ticks. Both species are a similar size, about 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch, with

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