Insects That Look Like Ticks

Not everything that looks like a tick is a tick! There are a lot of other small insects that may be mistaken for ticks. Especially the very small tick larvae may easily look like some tiny beetles or freshly hatched spiders. How do you tell these tick lookalikes apart from real ticks? It is much … Read more

American Dog Tick

Dermacentor variabilis, the American Dog Tick belongs to the large family of Ixodidae, ticks with a hard shell. The species is native to the United States of America and occurs primarily in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The preferred host of adult ticks are dogs, occasionally cats or humans are bitten. Larvae and nymphs … Read more

Ticks Are On The Rise

ticks invade and spread to new places

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the tick population is increasing with every passing year. This is concerning, as their bites can cause allergic reactions while transmitting disease. Lyme disease is very often the usual suspect, but other diseases such as STARI and ehrlichiosis have been known recently to spread through tick bites. … Read more

Deer Tick

What Does A Deer Tick Look Like

The deer tick or the black-legged tick, scientifically known as Ixodes scapularis, is an ill-famed biting arachnid known for its dark legs and favored adult host, the white-tailed deer. Larvae and nymphs parasitize on small mammals. The adult ticks feed on larger mammals, preferably white-tailed deer (hence the name), but also on dogs and cats. … Read more

Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) receives its name from the unique white-silvery mark on the female’s back. These ticks strike people more often than any other tick class in the southeastern and eastern states. Lone star ticks are widespread in many parts of the USA. They are found mainly in forests with dense undergrowth … Read more

Do Birds Spread Ticks?

do birds carry ticks

A warming climate and increased human encroachment into animal habitat have led to increased levels of tick-human contact, along with increased levels of tick-borne disease. Warmer weather allows ticks to reproduce earlier and in greater numbers and it allows more ticks to overwinter successfully, leading to an explosion in the tick population. Even worse, the … Read more

Do Ticks Fall From Trees

do ticks fall from trees 

The question always arises when it comes to ticks “do ticks fall from trees?” The short answer: No, ticks don’t fall from trees. A walk under trees hardly poses a risk of a tick falling on you. To fall from a tree, the ticks would first have to climb up. This is far too energy-consuming, … Read more

What’s A Tick Look Like And What Do Tick Bites Look Like?

A tick looks like a tiny spider-like animal with a small round body and eight legs. Ticks are ectoparasites, living on the skin of a host. They do bite a host to drink blood which they need to grow and reproduce. Ticks can be carriers of a number of dangerous diseases that may spread to … Read more

Why Are There More Ticks Every Year?

Why Are There More Ticks Every Year

A changing climate has widespread ramifications for human health. Heatwaves, extreme weather, crop failure, and wildfire all threaten human communities. Our ecosystems are changing rapidly as a result. Perhaps most insidious, however, is the incredible effect warming temperatures have on the populations of pests. From locusts to mosquitoes, our most damaging pests will be able … Read more

Brown Dog Tick

The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) or kennel tick is like all ticks a blood-sucking parasite that can transmit dangerous diseases to its host. The Brown Dog Tick originates from North Africa but has spread throughout the world and is now in fact the most widespread tick in the world. The species will probably continue … Read more