||Brown with whitish to gray markings
||Larvae have 6 legs, nymphs and adults have 8 legs
||3/16” (5 mm) unengorged, 5/8” (15 mm) engorged
||Found throughout the U.S., except the Rocky Mountains area
The American dog tick gets its name from the fact that adult
ticks prefer domestic dogs as hosts, and this tick species is only
found in North America.
It is thought that American dog ticks are attracted by the scent
of animals, so they are common along roads and trails. Adult ticks
prefer domestic dogs as hosts and can therefore be brought into the
home and potentially transferred to humans.
These ticks prefer grassy areas with low vegetation where larger
mammals pass by. American dog ticks do not survive well
The American dog tick is the primary vector of Rocky Mountain
spotted fever in the United States. It is also known to transmit
tularemia, a rare bacterial infection, and cause tick