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Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Some ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see. The ticks most often encountered in Kansas are the American dog tick, lone star tick and blacklegged tick (or deer tick). Most tick bites are painless and cause only minor signs and symptoms, but some ticks transmit bacteria that causes illnesses. In Kansas, ticks are prone to carry diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and tularemia.

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