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Blacklegged (Deer) Tick

  • Color: Dark brown to black body

  • Legs: 8

  • Shape: Flat, broad oval

  • Size: 1/8 inch

  • Antennae: No

  • Region: Eastern United States

A notorious biting insect, 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 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 repellant. To get rid of ticks and their risks indoors, inspect clothing and skin when heading inside. Wash clothes immediately.

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