Difference Between Deer Ticks and Wood Ticks

Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, and Rocky Mountain wood ticks are common tick species. These ticks are known to feed on the blood of animals such as raccoons, deer, dogs and cats. However, they will also feed on human hosts in order to get a blood meal.

Deer ticks are found in wooded areas of the eastern U.S. and prefer to feed upon the blood of white-tailed deer. These ticks wait on leaves and grass blades lining paths frequented by their hosts of choice, and will attach themselves to any passing host they find. As a result, humans often become accidental hosts of deer ticks, as well. Wood ticks are primarily found in the western U.S.

While the Rocky Mountain wood ticks are known transmitters of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, tick paralysis and ehrlichiosis, they are not known as carriers of Lyme disease. Deer ticks are notorious for being the chief vector of Lyme disease in humans and animals.