||Orange-brown with dark legs
||Flat; broad oval
||Found primarily in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, southeastern and north central regions of the U.S.
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A notorious biting arachnid, the blacklegged tick is named for its
dark legs, which are in contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged
ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.
During the winter, adult ticks feed primarily on the blood of
white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer
ticks. In the spring, a female tick will drop off its host and will
deposit about 3,000 eggs. Nymphs, or baby ticks, feed on mice,
squirrels, raccoons, skunks, dogs, humans and birds.
Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs while waiting
for a passing host.
Blacklegged ticks or deer ticks are a vector of anaplasmosis,
babeosis and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a primary concern in the
United States. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache,
fatigue and a characteristic bull’s eye-shaped skin rash. Lyme
disease can also affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if