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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.
- 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.