Ticks on Finger
Blacklegged ticks are quite small and could be mistaken for a freckle. From left to right: The blacklegged tick larva, nymph, adult female and adult male. When the blacklegged tick is in its nymph stage, the risk of transmission of Lyme disease is the greatest. Nymphs are tiny (less than 2 mm) and are difficult to see.
There are several types of ticks found in Fairfax County. If you find one attached to you or your pet, remove it, and then bring it to the Health Department for identification. Our free ID service will tell you if you are at risk for Lyme disease.