Just in case someone is unaware:
these little buggers (deer ticks) are very hard to see. smaller than the head of a pin.
there is some debate about whether other, larger types of ticks carry the spirochete that causes Lyme's. in some parts in the east the majority of deer ticks tested were carrying Lyme's.
ticks have 4 stages of development: egg => larvae => nymph => adult.
larval stage is sometimes ref'd to as "seed ticks".
larvae have 6 legs.
nymph & adult 8 legs.
(remember, they're NOT insects, they're arachnids, like spiders, - though both insects & arachnids are Arthropods).
two ways nymphs can be distinguished fr/adults is size (if you know the species) & the lack of a genital opening.
nymphs of hard ticks have only one instar stage, while some nymphal soft ticks have more than one instar stage.
a larval dog/wood/brown tick is very small, somewhat similar in size to an adult deer tick. diff is the # of legs. i have seen side-by-side photos of this illustrating the diff. you might want to use a small magnifying lens to identify this characteristic.
long pants, tucked into socks w/or w/o gaiters over them is a good way to keep these critters off of you.
light colored pants - for contrast = it's easier to see the ticks on a light colored fabric.
wear long sleeve shirts.
tuck your shirt in.
wear a hat.
DEET is a good idea. [some people may develop a rxn to Permethrins, sometimes quite severe. it's a pretty potent nerve agent of sorts. some people are fine w/it and don't suffer an effect. only use it on clothing, NOT the skin. and then, preferably on clothing not in direct contact with the skin. i know...some people put it on base layers with no problem. concentration may be a contributing factor - some preps are stronger than others.]
other diseases are carried by some of the larger tick species y'all may encounter, e.g. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, Tularemia (caused by a very nasty bacteria), tick paralysis (more of an "allergic"/sensitivity rxn than a disease really - ceases when tick is removed - sometimes the person can't even speak), typhus, rickettsial pox, relapsing fever, and Texas cattle fever
hope this info helps someone.