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.
- 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.