Lone Star Tick

LONE STAR TICK Amblyomma americanum

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Identification

Pest Stats

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Colour

Reddish brown, gray-blue when engorged
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Size

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

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

No
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Shape

Oval, flattened
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Region

Throughout Canada, eastern United States, but more common in the South
Infestation

Widely distributed in Canada and the eastern United States, but more common in the South.

Education

Ehrlichia chaffeensis and E. ewingii (which cause human ehrlichiosis), Francisella tularensis (tularemia), Heartland virus (Heartland virus disease), Bourbon virus (Bourbon virus disease), and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).

Comments

The greatest risk of being bitten exists in early spring through late fall. A very aggressive tick that bites humans. The adult female is distinguished by a white dot or “lone star” on her back. The nymph and adult females most frequently bite humans.

Note: Allergic reactions associated with consumption of red (mammalian) meat have been reported among persons bitten by lone star ticks.

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