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Blacklegged Ticks

Deer Ticks
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact

Blacklegged ticks (Deer Ticks) get their name because they have coloring similar to deer

Size: 1/8"
Shape: Flat, broad, oval
Color: Dark brown to black
Legs: 8
Wings: No
Antenna: No
Common Name: Deer Tick
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Acari
Family: Ixodidae
Species: Ixodesscapularis

Blacklegged ticks feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is one of the reasons why they are sometimes called deer ticks.

Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.
Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
After you spend time outside, be sure to check yourself for ticks. Ask someone to look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back, crooks in elbows and knees, etc.. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully.
Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Because ticks in the nymph stage are often hard to detect.
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