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Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks

Ixodes scapularis


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 (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.

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


Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs


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.