I was on a field trip to the Williamsburg, VA, area this past weekend. While sitting in the grass near some school taking a snack break, I noticed a couple tiny ticks climbing on my leg. I brushed them off and mentioned ticks to the kids near me.
Fast forward a couple of days. Apparently I'd brought a tick home with me. The spouse did his best to remove the thing, but it required a doctor with an 18 gauge needle to dig all the bits out. Results from the Lyme titer will come back soon.
Benefit of aquaponics: you're unlikely to have ticks hanging out in your aquaponic growbeds or fish tanks, particularly if they are enclosed in a greenhouse.