Beware Moving or New Freckles
The ticks are out of control in Bristow, VA. Having an outdoor cat, we regularly see Brown Dog Ticks, Lone Star Ticks and most commonly Deer Ticks. The Deer Ticks are the ones that transmit Lyme disease. And unfortunately, they are also the hardest to spot because they are so small they can be mistaken for a freckle.
Use precaution when you are outdoors. I regularly wear my baseball cap when I'm in wooded areas. These little guys are hard enough to spot on your skin. Forget about trying to have someone spot them in your hair. Take the time to look over your skin, having someone else look at your backside...arms, legs, neck and back.
I've heard that it takes forty-eight hours of a tick being attached to you to transmit disease, so don't panic if you find one the day after being outside. Just try to get in the habit of doing a tick sweep whenever you come in from outdoors.
For photos of ticks so can identify what type you are seeing, you can go to: http://www.tickinfo.com.