The six-legged larvae are active July-September and can be found in moist leaf litter. Larvae hatch nearly pathogen-free from eggs (only
Borrelia miyamotoi is known to infect blacklegged tick larvae), and
remain in the leaf litter where they will attach to nearly any small, medium or large-sized mammal and many species of birds.
Preferred hosts are white-footed mice. Larvae remain attached to their host until replete, which usually requires 3 days. Once
fully engorged, the larvae drop off of the host and molt, re-emerging the following spring as nymphs.
This very effective way to de-tick yourself starts with duct tape! Our TickSmart Tip for August and September is to always have sticky duct tape ready in case of a tick swarm. Duck Brand tape even comes in an appropriate lime (Lyme) green!
August means nearly microscopic-small larvae are everywhere! TickEncounter recently sat down with Carol Montie and her family to hear her larval TickEncounter story.
Previously, 1.9 - 2.5% of host-seeking nymphal deer ticks collected in RI, CT, NY & NJ were shown to be infected with Borrelia miyamotoi. In a preliminary study, TERC researchers recently found that 9% of egg-laying female deer ticks collected in Rhode Island passed B. miyamotoi infection to their offspring (larvae).
YouTube Video: Tick Factoids: Larvae & Nymphs
Tick Factoids : Larvae & Nymphs from TickEncounter Resource Center is part one of a three part series full of well-known to lesser known facts about ticks. How many did you think you'll know?