What kind of Ticks are There?
Commons Types of Ticks in America
Whether it’s a picnic at the park, a hike in the woods, or a walk along a gentle stream, dangerous ticks lurk in the grass and weeds looking for a host to feed from. There are several different types of ticks found in the US, each with its own specific features and parasitic diseases. Below are descriptions of the most common ticks in America.
The deer tick, sometimes referred to as the black-legged tick is small, about an 1/8th of an inch long, with a shiny black shell. Thedeer tick is active from the early spring through late fall and is commonly found in shady, wooded areas. This tick feeds on humans and animals, preferring large hosts like deer and humans. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, which is an infection of white blood cells.
American Dog Tick
The American dog tick, also called wood ticks, can be found in many states and will feed on humans and pets, like dogs and cats. Male dog ticks are much smaller than females and grow to about 3/16th of an inch, where as females can grow to a half inch when feeding. Male dog ticks have silver stripes that run along their brown shells, and females have a large silver spot on their backs. These ticks feed the most in late spring and early summer and can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, which is a bacterial disease.
Lone Star Tick
The name “lone star” does not refer to Texas, but the single white dot on theback of the female Lone Star Tick’s brown shell. This tick feeds on humans and pets, and is generally 1/8th of an inch long or smaller. The ticks are most active in the spring and summer months and can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis.
Brown Dog Tick
While not posing much of a threat to humans, brown dog ticks can survive indoors and will quickly infest a house. These small, brown ticks attach themselves to pets and each female can lay thousands of eggs in indoor climates. They do not carry human diseases, but they can harm pets and take over households.
Luckily, tick populations can be controlled through the use of safe chemical deterrents. Department stores sell do-it-yourself sprays and other products, but they do not provide the strength and complete coverage professional tick control specialists offer. Proactive tick control from an expert service prevents the spread of disease while allowing everyone to enjoy the outdoors safely.