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American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis): The American dog tick is found in states east of the Rocky Mountains, as well as select areas of California. This tick species transmits Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Males have a red and white patterned coloration, while females display this coloring only on the scutum, which is surrounded by a dark red body.
Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis): The Blacklegged tick (or deer tick) is found in northeastern and upper midwestern states. Blacklegged ticks can carry and transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis), babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan disease. Males are light brown in color and females are easily distinguished by orange coloration around their scutums.
Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus): The brown dog tick is found in all 50 states and worldwide. This tick species transmits Rock Mountain spotted fever. Larva, nymphs, and adult males and females are light brown in color.
Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum): As its name suggests, the Gulf Coast tick is found in coastal areas of the U.S. along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. It transmits Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a form of spotted fever. Larva and nymphs are mostly white in color. Adult males are brownish with white streaks on their backs. Females have white coloration their scutums — the rest of their bodies are brown.
Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum): The Lone star tick is found in eastern and southeastern states. Lone star ticks carry and transmit Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii, as well as Heartland virus, tularemia, and STARI. Females bear the distinctive “lone star” white mark on their backs. Males do not. Both genders are dark brown in color.
Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni): The Rocky Mountain wood tick is found Rocky Mountain states and southwestern Canada from elevations of 4,000 to 10,500 feet. This tick species transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and tularemia. Males and females are dark brown with black and white streaks. In females, white coloration is isolated to the scutum.
Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus): The Western blacklegged tick is found along the Pacific coast of the U.S., particularly northern California. It transmits Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease. Adult males are brown in color and have a black pattern atop their backs. Females are brown with black scutums.
Groundhog tick (Ixodes cookei): Also called the “woodchuck tick,” the groundhog tick is found throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. It carries and transmits Powassan disease. Adult groundhog ticks are brown or red in color. Females have a darker-colored scutum.
Soft Tick (Ornithodoros spp.): Soft ticks are found throughout the western half the U.S. and southwestern Canada. They can carry and transmit tick-borne relapsing fever (Borrelia hermsii, B. parkerii, or B. turicatae). Soft ticks are distinguished by their soft, wrinkled bodies and lack of a scutum. In the larvae and nymphal stages, they can appear yellow or translucent. As adults, they are reddish or brown in color.