Pest Library | Blacklegged Deer Ticks

Ixodes scapularis

Deer Tick - Ixodes scapularis
Color: Dark brown to black body
Legs: 8
Shape: Flat; broad oval
Size: 1/8 “
Antennae: No
Region: Throughout the U.S.
The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.


These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer ticks.


Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.


Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.


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 your head. Wash clothes immediately.

* Information courtesy of National Pest Management Association, Inc.

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