Here is a crazy long article for your reading pleasure, or perhaps reading horror - as it may scare you. It is full of information about this crazy creature, the black legged tick, and why it is reeking havoc on the human race.
THE RISE OF THE TICK
and here is an awesome video produced by Dr. Needham, of the Ohio State University. It was made by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources. The introductory information on ticks and how Lyme disease spirochetes get from white-footed mice to you is very well explained.
The young outdoorsman. Josh, who tells of his experience with Lyme disease, is very articulate, appealing and clear. Every doctor and outdoors loving person should see this video.
and for lots more information about the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease, how to properly remove a tick, and how to protect yourself and your yard, refer to my May 2012 post