Deer ticks and Dog ticks are two of the most common types of ticks found in the United States. While they are similar in many respects — including size and feeding habits — they differ in other ways — including coloration, habitat, and transmitted diseases. In this guide, you will find valuable information on both deer ticks and dog ticks, information that can help you identify these common – and potentially dangerous – parasites. Also provided is information on the revolutionary TickZapper®…the safest, quickest, and most effective tick removal tool on the market today! Remove the entire tick (including mouthparts!) – without the risk of human contact. Read on to learn more, and order your TickZapper® today!
The Deer Tick
The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) — also called the Blacklegged tick — is a species found in the eastern United States. Active predominantly in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, deer ticks rely heavily on their most common hosts, white-tailed deer, for reproduction and nutrition. Deer ticks will also bite dogs, horses, and other domestic animals.
Deer ticks range in size and appearance depending on their states of maturity. Larvae are a white to brownish color and scarcely bigger than a pinhead. Nymphs are light to dark brown in color and range from 1-2 mm (.039 to .078 inches — about the size of a poppy seed) in diameter. Adults range from 2-3.5 mm (.078 to .137 inches) and are roughly the size of a sesame seed. Although males do not feed on hosts, adult females seek human and pet blood hosts, and can potentially lay upwards of 2,500 eggs before expiring.
In above freezing temperatures, adult male and female deer ticks are able to remain active from October to May. Preferring larger hosts, such as deer and dogs, adult deer ticks can be found positioned about knee-high on the tips of branches of low growing shrubs. In the U.S., deer ticks are only found in eastern states. For a more detailed overview of their habitat, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page on tick distribution.
Distribution of ticks is primarily connected to the reproductive host – the white-tailed deer. Diseases such as Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis, may be transmitted by both nymph and adult deer ticks. Nymphs are typically active between May through August, and can attach to smaller mammals, humans, cats, and dogs. Learn more about the blacklegged tick (aka deer tick) HERE.
About the Dog Tick
There are two tick species referred to as “dog ticks.” The first and most common in the U.S. is the American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). The other species is the Brown Dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), found worldwide. This section will focus primarily on the American Dog tick. The American Dog tick feed on a variety of hosts, ranging in size from mice to deer, and are most active in the spring and summer months.
Like deer ticks, dog ticks vary in size and color depending on their states of maturity. Larvae are grayish brown in color and scarcely larger than the tip of a needle. Nymphs are a light brown color and typically 2–3 millimeters in diameter. Adult American Dog ticks are typically brown to reddish-brown in color with gray and silver markings on their scutums. (Brown Dog ticks are a light orange with black streaks on their scutums and bodies.) Female American Dog ticks will vary in size depending on whether or not they blood fed. Unfed females are typically 5 mm long and are slightly larger than males, which are about 3.6 mm long. (Males blood feed but do not engorge.)
In the Unites States, American Dog ticks are found eastern states and select regions of California. They live predominantly in areas with minimal or no tree cover (grassy fields and scrubland, walkways and hiking trails). Brown Dog ticks are found in all 50 states but are most prevalent in southern regions. Brown dog ticks occur predominately in and around human settlements, animal pens, and dog kennels, often causing high levels of infestation on dogs and in homes.
American dog tick nymphs and adults can transmit diseases including but not limited to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia. All life stages of the Brown dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Rickettsia rickettsia) to dogs, and rarely to humans. Both nymphal and adult brown ticks can transmit the agents of canine ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia canis) and canine babesiosis (Babesia canis vogeli and Babesia gibsoni-like) to dogs.
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