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Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks

Ixodes scapularis

Description

The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.

Habits

These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer ticks.

Habitat

Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs

Threats

Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.

  • Color: Dark brown to black body
  • Legs: 8
  • Shape: Flat; broad oval
  • Size: 1/8 "
  • Antennae: False
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Prevention

When in an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeved shirts and pants, preferably light colored so ticks will be easy to detect. Tuck pants into socks. Use a tick repellent. When you return indoors, inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, including head. Wash clothes immediately.

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