Pest ID Guide: Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks
The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.
|1/8″||Dark brown to black body||8||Flat, Oval||False|
Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.
These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer ticks.
Control / Prevention
When in an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeved shirts and pants, preferably light colored so ticks will be easy to detect. Tuck pants into socks. Use a tick repellent. When you return indoors, inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, including head. Wash clothes immediately.
Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.