It's never too early for tick awareness.
Today, at the Extension Office, a tick sample was brought in for identification. It was an adult male dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. Ticks are blood-feeding parasites. Three species are medically important in Ohio as a vector of several diseases affecting humans and pets to varying degrees. The American Dog Tick, along with the deer tick (or black-legged tick) and the lone star tick. Tick populations have been an increasing problem in Ohio.