Blacklegged Tick

BLACKLEGGED TICK (aka DEER TICK) Ixodes scapularis

tick-2

Identification

Pest Stats

null

Colour

Reddish brown, gray-blue when engorged
null

Size

1/8” (3 mm) unengorged; 1/2” (12 mm) engorged
null

Legs

Larvae have 6 legs, nymphs and adults have 8 legs
null

Antennae

No
null

Shape

Oval, flattened
null

Region

Throughout Canada and eastern United States
Where Found

Widely distributed across Canada and the eastern United States.

Transmits

Borrelia burgdorferi and B. mayonii (which cause Lyme disease), Anaplasma phagocytophilum (anaplasmosis), B. miyamotoi disease (a form of relapsing fever), Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis (ehrlichiosis), Babesia microti (babesiosis), and Powassan virus (Powassan virus disease).

Comments

The greatest risk of being bitten exists in the spring, summer, and fall in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic. However, adult ticks may be out searching for a host any time winter temperatures are above freezing. All life stages bite humans, but nymphs and adult females are most commonly found on people.

Let us help you out.

At GreenLeaf we are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We are more than just the “exterminator”. We are your neighbour, protectors of public health and the environment. Give us a call, and let our team take care of your business or home.

home-testimonial-icon

Testimonial