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Most people associate ticks with Lyme disease, but in reality that’s just one of many diseases that they can transmit, and it’s only transmitted by one type of tick (the deer tick, also known as the blacklegged tick). The deer tick is also only prevalent in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, while just about every wooded region of the country has ticks that are native to it.

Ticks aren’t born carrying diseases; they pick them up from animals they bite and pass them along, so they can be a vector for a wide variety of viruses and bacteria. In fact, a New Jersey man recently died after being bitten by a tick carrying the Powassan virus.