||Reddish brown, gray-blue when engorged
||Larvae have 6 legs, nymphs and adults have 8 legs
||1/8” (3 mm) unengorged; 1/2” (12 mm) engorged
||Found throughout the U.S.
The brown dog tick is named for its color and because it is
found on domestic dogs. Although it is unusual for a brown dog tick
to bite humans, it will do so in the absence of a canine host.
Brown dog ticks prefer dogs as hosts. They typically attach to
the ears or between the toes and do not travel very far after
dropping off a host. They are unique because they can complete
their entire life cycle indoors.
This tick survives best indoors and prefers warm, dry
Brown dog ticks rarely attack humans, but they can transmit
Rocky Mountain spotted fever and several other tick-borne diseases
to dogs including canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesia.