November 21, 2018

Pest Guide: 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.


Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.


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


Control / 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.


Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.

Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
1/8″ Dark brown to black body 8 Flat, Oval False

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