Ticks in Maryland

Maryland residents are at particular risk of being exposed to diseases spread by ticks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of reported tickborne illnesses more than doubled from 2004 to 2016 in the Maryland area. Ticks in this area can spread Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Read on for more details and photos to help with Maryland tick identification.

What Types of Ticks are in Maryland?

According to the University of Maryland Extension, these are the six tick species most commonly found in the state:

American Dog Ticks
Microscopic View of an American Dog Tick

Deer (Blacklegged) Ticks
Closeup of blacklegged deer tick

Brown Dog Ticks
Closeup of brown dog tick

Lone Star Ticks
Lone Star Tick shown to scale on a finger



Other common ticks include Gulf Coast Ticks, as well as Asian Longhorned Ticks, which are native to East Asia and not widely established throughout the United States at this point, but were first discovered in Maryland in 2018. They look like this:

Closeup of Asian Longhorned Tick


When is Tick Season in Maryland?

Ticks in Maryland follow the Mid-Atlantic pattern. They are very active from spring to the fall. That said, you should always check for ticks after spending time outdoors, even during the winter, as ticks can remain active as long as temperatures stay above freezing.

Are Ticks “Bad” in Maryland?

Ticks are absolutely a concern in Maryland. According to the Maryland Department of Health, yearly tick-borne Lyme disease cases in the state increased by over 100 percent from 2000 to 2018. Fortunately, if you are proactive, you can do your best to minimize risk.

To avoid tick bites in Maryland, take the following steps:

What to Do If You Are Bitten by a Tick in Maryland

If you are bitten by a tick in Maryland, follow these steps for simple removal:

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