What do brown dog ticks look like?
- Size: 1/4 in.
- Color: Reddish-brown
- Body Structure: Oval, flattened body, mouthparts visible from above, eight legs
Characteristics of brown dog ticks
Female adults when fully gorged with host blood may produce up to 4,000 eggs, laying them in secluded cracks and crevices. The female coats the eggs in a secretion to keep them from drying out, and then dies after completing this process, which may take 7-14 days. When the eggs hatch, the larva go in search of food, gorging themselves on a host until molting, upon which they enter the nymph stage. Here again, nymphs will seek a new host, gorging themselves on blood until molting and emerging as an adult. In indoor/enclosed environments, young ticks will gorge on the same animal instead of finding new hosts. Furthermore, the brown dog tick is unique in that it can complete the entire life cycle indoors.
When are brown dog ticks most active?
Where are brown dog ticks found?
Outdoors, brown dog ticks are often found residing on tall grasses and other vegetation, where they wait to attach themselves to a passing mammalian host. Because their preference is to feed on dogs, they're likely to be found in areas where pets are active as well.
Indoors, brown dog ticks are often found on pet bedding, kennels, and other areas where pets reside. They'll also lay eggs in cracks and crevices inside homes including baseboards, window frames, and door frames.
On pets, these biting pests are frequently detected between the toes and on the ears. Immature ticks may attach along the pet's back.
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