Deer tick control in ME, MA, and NH

Black Legged Deer Ticks

Appearance

The black-legged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, can be recognized by its much smaller size and reddish dorsal appearance. Females have a shorter dorsal plate and a “tear-drop shape”. Males are smaller with a round dorsal plate that covers most of their body. The mouthparts of the female black-legged deer tick are longer than the male and longer than the American dog tick mouth parts. The larval tick is no bigger than the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

Habitat

After settling on their hosts, ticks essentially turn into an automatic pump, extracting blood for nourishment. After finishing her final blood meal, the engorged female hard tick drops off the host animal and can lay from 2,000 to 18,000 eggs on the ground.

Diet

The feed off the blood of their hosts.

Reproduction

After finishing her final blood meal, the engorged female hard tick drops off the host animal and can lay from 2,000 to 18,000 eggs on the ground.