American Dog Tick

DESCRIPTION:

This tick is about 1/8 inch long and is dark brown with an irregular pattern of white markings on the body region behind the head. It has eight legs.

BIOLOGY:

(Dermacentor variabilis) The immature and adult stages of this tick are external parasites of small and large animals. The three immature stages require a blood meal from a different host in order to develop to the adult stage and to lay eggs. This tick can transmit Rocky Mtn. Spotted fever.

SOLUTION:

Keep vegetation cut low to discourage small animal (rabbits, field mice, voles) populations; use repellents on clothing when walking in areas infested with ticks. Liquid and granular insecticides applied in the spring may provide some control.

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