Tick infestation

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Tick infestation
Classification and external resources
Specialty infectious disease
ICD-10 B88.8 (ILDS B88.820)
MeSH D013984

A tick infestation is a condition where a tick acts as an ectoparasite.

It is sometimes thought of as an animal disease. In humans, the primary concern from tick bites is often not the ectoparasitism itself, but the potential for the tick to transmit disease or tick paralysis. Still, in certain populations, it is possible for tick infestation to be clinically significant.

There is some evidence that Ixodes ricinus infected with Borrelia burgdorferi may become more efficient at infestation.[1]

Home remedies (such as vaseline or matches) have been used in the past, but are not currently recommended.[2]


  1. ^ Faulde MK, Robbins RG (February 2008). "Tick infestation risk and Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. infection-induced increase in host-finding efficacy of female Ixodes ricinus under natural conditions". Exp. Appl. Acarol. 44 (2): 137–45. PMID 18273686. doi:10.1007/s10493-008-9131-4. 
  2. ^ "cipm.ncsu.edu". Retrieved 2009-08-09.