Lonestar Ticks

Lonestar Ticks gets their name from the solitary silvery-white dot on the middle of the female’s back. These are frequent pests of humans, attacking people more than any other tick in the eastern, and southeastern United States.

Pest Description:

  • Color: Reddish-brown, becoming slate gray when engorged
  • Legs: Larvae have 6 legs, Adult have 8 legs
  • Shape: Flattened, tear drop
  • Size: Females are 1/16 – 1/4”
  • Antennae: None
  • Region: West central Texas northward to northern Missouri and eastward from Maine to the southern tip of Florida.
  • Habits: Lone star ticks usually feed from spring through early summer. The adult tick often feed on larger animals like, dogs, foxes, deer and humans.
  • Habitat: These ticks will normally be found in shady areas due to their inability to survive long in sunlight. Low growing vegetation near wooded areas are favorite areas.  
  • Threats: Lone star ticks can a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and turlaremia.

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