What do lone star ticks look like?
- Size: 1/6 - 1/2 in.
- Color: Solid brown; females possess a white star-like dot in the middle of their backs
- Body Structure: Flat body with eight legs
Characteristics of lone star ticks
Like other ticks, the lone star tick is parasitic and requires blood of a host animal to reproduce. Female adults will gorge themselves with a host’s blood before dropping to the ground and depositing clusters of thousands of eggs. Males, who may mate with several females, die after mating. Likewise, females die after they have laid their eggs. When eggs hatch they release larva, which often are referred to as “seed ticks.” Seed ticks, which feature just 6 legs at this point, immediately seek a host upon which to feed. After feeding on the host, the seed tick will fall to the ground, molt and emerge as a nymph with 8 legs. The nymph repeats this process, and finally emerges as an adult. The entire life cycle may take up to 3 years to complete.
When are lone star ticks most active?
Where are lone star ticks found?
Lone star ticks live in wooded environments as they cannot survive long exposure to the sun. Transitional areas where woods meet lawn are a favorite habitat for these ticks.
Generally speaking, lone star ticks do not live long inside homes. If they're found inside, it's likely they were attached to a pet and brought in.
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