American Dog Tick
5mm, Oval type body. brown with whitish gray, can have a silvery touch.
Only found in North America. Mainly found on dogs(hence the name). No sightings have been found in the Rocky Mountains. Has a very difficult time surviving in indoor climates.
Female drops 4,000-6,000 eggs in two to four weeks. The female then dies. Normal life expectancy is 2-3 years.
- Tips For Control:
When going outdoors, into wooded areas, keep skin covered. Wear long socks under jeans and cover your arms. Always check yourself after returning inside, the head and legs should be the primary checked areas. If a tick is found on your body, remove it by plucking it, insuring to remove it all in one pull. After removal make sure to use rubbing alcohol or Vaseline to clean the area affected. Treatment should usually start in early spring with a spray around the treeline of yards, and along walk ways.