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Lone Star Tick Lone Star Tick
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The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum is associated with deer populations in the Southeastern US. By the middle of the 20th century, deer populations had been hunted almost to extinction in some areas. Subsequent efforts to protect the deer population by restrictions on hunting were completely successful to the point where deer can be pests of suburban landscapes. Populations of ticks associated with deer, including the Lone Star Tick, Amblyomma americanum have expanded as the deer population expanded. Diseases associated with ticks that feed on humans in addition to deer have also expanded.

When ticks and other arthropods feed on blood, they inject saliva into the feeding site. Saliva contains proteins that can trigger a response from the immune system. It is the immune response that creates the red area around a bite.  The antibodies produced by individuals vary, causing individual response to vary.   It…

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