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Biting Insects » Deer Tick

Deer Tick
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Appearance

Dark brown; 1/8-inch; flat, broad oval shape.

Habitat

Deer ticks are often found near wooded and highly vegetated areas. They prefer to hide in grass and shrubs. These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are called deer ticks (also known as blacklegged ticks). They are important because they can spread Lyme Disease a potentially serious illness that is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms vary.

Diet

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

Insect control: deer ticks

To help prevent Lyme Disease, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when in an area where ticks are common. Light colored cloths make ticks easier to detect. Tuck pants into socks. Use a tick repellent. Wash clothes immediately after returning indoors if you suspect deer ticks.

Ticks are difficult to control, and the services of an experienced professional are recommended. Treatments may be necessary in areas of your yard where ticks are found.

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