The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.
These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer ticks.
Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs
Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.
- Color: Dark brown to black body
- Legs: 8
- Shape: Flat; broad oval
- Size: 1/8 "
- Antennae: False
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.