Is this type of tick a carrier of Lyme Disease?

Question by Roxanne: Is this type of tick a carrier of Lyme Disease?
I found a tick this past week on my bed that had this weird zig zag shape on it’s back. I have no idea if I had been bitten, but I feel achy and stiff and very worn down. Of course I am also in the process of moving so I have been doing more heavy lifting than usual. Should I worry about Lyme?

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Answer by matador 89
The Deer Tick, also known as the Black-Legged tick – latin name Ixodes scapularis, which is the known carrier of Lyme disease, does not have a zigzag mark on it’s back. (See link no. 1, below) However, regardless of the fact that you found this tick, your symptoms may or may not be caused by that tick biting you. Tick bites usually cause an itching inflamed area on the skin. Your symptoms may not have been caused by the bite of the particular tick that you found, in fact from your description, it seems that it did not bite you. The description of the ‘insect’ that you found in your bed matches the description of a western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis), which are native to the west coast of the United States, and began spreading east during the 1960s (they reached the Northeastern U.S. in the 1990s). The winged bugs are members of the Coreidae insect family, and are well-known for having flat, leaf-like growths on their back legs. They are typically a dull brown colour, and have white zigzag patterns on their backs. They do not bite humans. (See link no. 2, below). You would be advised to consult your doctor and describe your symptoms. If you are in an area where lyme disease is prevalent, it would be of benefit for you to be examined as soon as possible. Lyme disease is diagnosed clinically based on symptoms, objective physical findings (such as erythema migrans, facial palsy or arthritis) or a history of possible exposure to infected ticks, as well as serological blood tests. When making a diagnosis of Lyme disease, health care providers should consider other diseases that may cause similar illness. Most, but not all, patients with Lyme disease will develop the characteristic bullseye rash, (see Link no.3) but many may not even recall a tick bite.


It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

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One Response to “Is this type of tick a carrier of Lyme Disease?”

  1. Dekayel says:

    Was the tick engorged? After a tick has fed on somebody, it balloons up about 10x it’s normal size and looks kind of like a raisin. If the tick was normal-sized, that one didn’t feed on you, and shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you’ve been in tick territory, it’s possible a different tick bit you and you didn’t notice it. So you are not necessarily home free.

    Also, different kinds of ticks can carry different diseases, not just Lyme.

    Good sources of info about Lyme disease: