What do American dog ticks look like?
- Size: 1/8 - 1/2 in.
- Color: Reddish-brown with white or yellow markings
- Body Structure: Oval, flattened body, jaws, hypostome, and eight legs
Characteristics of American dog ticks
Like all ticks, the American dog tick is a bloodsucking ectoparasite. It is often referred to as a wood tick because it is found in wooded areas where mammalian hosts live. Ticks require a blood meal at each stage of life in order to grow, and the female must engorge herself with blood to obtain the nourishment necessary to produce the thousands of eggs she lays. Despite the large number of eggs produced, only a small percentage will make it to maturity.
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