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wood tick

n.
Any of various ticks of the genus Dermacentor that occur in wooded areas, infest mammals, and transmit the microorganisms that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia in humans.

wood tick

Etymology: AS, wudu + ME, tike
a hardshelled tick of the Ixodidae family and a natural reservoir of Rickettsia rickettsii. One species of wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, is the principal vector in western North America of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, transmitted by R. rickettsii.

tick

(tik)
Any of numerous bloodsucking arthropods of the order Acarida and superfamily Ixodoidea. Ticks transmit many diseases to humans and animals. See: Argasidae; Ixodidae

wood tick

Dermacentor andersoni.

wood tick

see dermacentorandersoni.
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rickettsii in the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni (13).
They do not jump, and I have never known wood ticks to climb up into oak trees to pounce on unsuspecting prairie gardeners as they walk below.
Wood ticks are found in nearly all wooded areas and brush during the summer months.
Early detection and removal of wood ticks can prevent transmission of any disease they may carry.
The easiest deterrent to wood ticks, however, is the liberal use of an insect repellent.