Black-Legged Tick

Category: Fleas, Ticks & Lice

Scientific Name: Ixodes scapularis

 

Identification:

Color: Brown with dark legs

Size: ⅛ inch long

Region: Found throughout the United States

Lifespan: 2 years

Important Considerations:

  • Black-legged ticks are also known as Deer ticks due to their tendency to feed on deer.
  • Each spring, females lay 3,000 eggs.
  • Black-legged ticks frequently bite humans. This can lead to the spread of diseases such as anaplasmosis, babeosis and Lyme disease.
  • This tick breed is the smallest one. That makes them the hardest to detect — either on or off the body.

 

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Ticks like living in wooded areas and thankfully are not often found in open areas such as yards. They often climb grass or shrubs and wait for a host to pass by. From there, they attach onto the host and feed on them. The greatest risk of finding ticks is in the woods or thick brush where animals, especially deer, frequent.