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Brown Dog Ticks

Brown Dog Ticks are common in southern regions of the United States, in northern areas it can establish in houses and kennels. 

Pest Description:

  • Color: Reddish-brown, blue-gray when engorged with blood 
  • Legs: Larvae have 6 legs, Adult have 8 legs
  • Shape: Flattened, tear drop
  • Size: 1/8” when not engorged, 1/2” when engorged
  • Antennae: None
  • Region: Southern United States
  • Habits: These ticks feed almost exclusively on dogs but can become concerning to homeowners because it can often be seen crawling up walls and furnishings if the dog is infested.
  • Habitat: Female Brown dog ticks will drop off the hose when engorged and seek a quiet place to deposit her mass of 1,000 to 3,00 eggs. Cracks and crevices, wall hangings and areas near the ceiling are preferred sites to leave her egg mass.
  • Threats: Brown dog ticks seldom feeds on humans but are considered a potential vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 

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