Vector Type
Ticks
Vector Species Name
Amblyomma maculatum
Vector Common Name
Gulf Coast Tick
Transmitted Diseases

Vector Information

The Gulf Coast tick can be found in coastal areas along the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico. These ticks are able to transmit disease to humans. They feed primarily on wildlife, but will readily feed on humans. These ticks are able to transmit Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a form of spotted fever, to humans. The larvae and nymphs feed on birds and small rodents while adults feed on deer and other wildlife. Nymphs appear shiny and can range in color from dark bluish gray to a dull white. They are approximately 1.33 mm by 0.75mm. Adults can grow to 6mm in length. Adult females have a dark brown scutum with silvery white ornamentation near the head that includes three lateral interrupted stripes. The adult male has a scutum that covers the entire top of the tick, is dark brown wither interconnected silvery white lines. 

Found In
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AR
FL
GA
KS
LA
MS
MO
NC
OK
SC
TN
TX
VA

*Disease transmission varies locally. This map depicts where vectors can be found geographically and provides information about diseases these vectors might carry. Vectors might be present in a state or locality, however, and not be carriers of any particular disease. In addition, identified vectors may have a presence in a state, but may not be found throughout that state.