Ticks can spread diseases when they are infected with certain types of bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Transmission to humans occurs through the bite of an infected tick. People who spend time outdoors in tick-infested environments are at an increased risk of becoming infected. Ticks are most active in warmer months (April-September), though tickborne diseases have been reported during every month of the year.
The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to watch for lone star ticks and submit pictures and information by email.