What do deer ticks look like?
- Size: 1/8 - 1/8 in.
- Color: Orange-brown with dark legs; reddish-brown after a blood meal
- Body Structure: Oval, flattened body, eight legs, mouthparts called hypostome (used to pierce skin)
When are deer ticks most active?
Where are deer ticks found?
Deer ticks (also known as blacklegged ticks) prefer to hide in grass and shrubs, resting on the tips of blades of leaves, waiting for potential hosts to pass by. They're often found along fence lines, along trails that pass through tall grass and wooded areas, and transitional areas where lawn meets areas that are not mowed or where field meets forest.
What do deer ticks eat?
Deer ticks subsist on the blood of animals, including white-tail deer, dogs, cats, and small mammals such as mice and chipmunks. When feeding, the deer tick injects an anti-coagulating agent into its host that allows the tick to feed freely on the victim’s blood.
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