Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name

Family Ixodidae (describes most common ticks)


Ticks vary in color by species. Adult ticks can be smaller than a sunflower seed (over 1 cm long if engorged with blood), while tick larvae can be less than 1 mm. Common problem ticks include the American dog tick, deer or blacklegged tick and lone star tick.

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Often found near wooded and highly vegetated areas. Some species require moisture to survive.

Females and males of most species feed on blood of mammals, birds and reptiles.


There are four stages in a tick’s lifecycle – egg, larval, nymphal and adult. Ticks have only six legs during their larval stage and eight legs during their nymphal and adult stages. They consume blood meals during all stages. Pathogens, or organisms that cause diseases in the animals they infect, can be passed through the stages of a tick’s life cycle.

Signs of a Tick Infestation

Tick signs usually are the ticks themselves. Secondary signs can include medical symptoms from diseases or fluids transmitted by ticks. These can vary and are best left to a medical professional for diagnosis.

Deer Ticks

Deer Ticks

Life Cycle of a Deer Tick

Female Deer Tick

Deer Tick Identification

Size of the Deer Tick

Deer Tick Bite

Deer Tick Removal

Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease in Animals

Where are Deer Ticks Located

Difference Between Deer Ticks and Wood Ticks

Difference Between Deer Ticks and Western Blacklegged Ticks

American Dog Ticks

Dog Ticks and Lyme Disease

Female American Dog Ticks

American Dog Ticks

Brown Dog Tick in Florida

Brown Dog Tick Diseases

Brown Dog Ticks

Other Types of Ticks

Moose Tick Infestation

Lone Star Ticks

Wood Tick

Types of Ticks

Tick Bites

Tick Bites

Tick Bite Symptoms

Tick Information

Blacklegged Ticks

Characteristics of Blacklegged Ticks

Seed Ticks

What Do Ticks Look Like?

Tick Removal

Ticks and Leeches

Ticks & Illness

Colorado Tick Fever

Tick Fever

Tick Bite and Lyme Disease

Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

Tick Lyme Disease Symptoms

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Diseases

Fleas and Ticks

Flea and Tick Control

Ticks on Cats

Soft Ticks

Soft Ticks

Types of Soft Ticks

Hard Soft Ticks Difference

tick disease information