American Dog Tick

Name: 𝘋𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘳 𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘴

Size: ~5.6 to 5 mm. Blood-fed female can grow up to 15mm long and 10mm wide.

Characteristics: Brown to reddish-brown with gray/silver markings on its dorsal. Red markings near its eyes. Adult has eight legs; larvae has six legs.

Locations: Wooded, shrubby, and long-grass areas. Rodents serve as hosts for immature ticks.

Black-Legged Tick (Deer Tick)

Name: 𝘐𝘹𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴

Size: ~3 mm

Characteristics:  Dark brown to black. Does not have eyes.

Locations: Areas with high deer populations. White-tailed deer is primary reproductive host.

Brown Dog Tick

Name: 𝘙𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘶𝘴

Size: ~2.28 to 3.18 mm

Characteristics: Reddish-brown. Elongated body shape. Larva has three pairs of legs. Adult has pour pairs of legs. Has a hexagonal (6-sided) basis capituli (flat surface where mouthparts are attached).

Locations: Can establish populations both indoors and outdoors which is unique among ticks. Infests homes, particularly from areas where dogs are present (grooming facilities, dog kennels, veterinary clinics, or other already-infested residences). May hide in grass, weeds, cracks, and crevices in yards.

Gulf Coast Tick

Name: 𝘈𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘺𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘮

Size: ~6 mm

Characteristics:  Dark brown with silver ornamentation.

Locations: Grassy fields, hiking trails, and wooded areas within parks where they can latch onto passing animals or humans. Feeds on cattle, horses, and dogs.

Lone Star Tick

Name: 𝘈𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘺𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘮

Size: ~3 to 4 mm

Characteristics: Dark brown to black coloration with a white spot or “lone star” on the back of the female, which gives the species its name.

Locations: Areas frequented by deer, raccoons, and rodents. Forest trails, grassy fields, parks and recreational areas, residential yards.


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4524 Parkway Commerce Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32808
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