Blacklegged “Deer” Ticks
Dampwood termites infest wood with a high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger than other termite species. Bodies of king and queen dampwood termites range in size from ½ inch to ⁵⁄₈ inch long and have two pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape, extending beyond their abdomen. Nymphs can be as long as ⁵⁄₈ inch and worker dampwood termites are up to ¾ inch in size
- Size: 1/8"
- Shape:Flat, broad oval
- Color:Orange-brown with dark legs
- Legs: 8
- Wings: No
- Antenna: No
- Region:Found primarily in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, southeastern and north central regions of the U.S.
Blacklegged deer ticks climb grass and shrubs to wait for a passing host. Adult ticks feed primarily on the white-tailed deer during the winter. In the spring, the female drops off the host and deposits about 3,000 eggs. Nymphs feed on mice, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, dogs, humans and birds.Threat:
Blacklegged deer ticks are a vector of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Lyme disease is of primary concern in the United States. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic bull’s eye shaped skin rash. Lyme disease can also affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.Prevention:
- Wear light-colored long pants, long-sleeve shirts and closedtoe shoes when in wooded areas or tall grasses.
- Wear bug spray containing at least 20% DEET when outdoors.
- When hiking, stay in the center of trails, away from vegetation.
- Inspect yourself carefully for ticks after being outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it with a slow, steady pull.
- Inspect your pets for ticks on a routine basis.
- Consult with your doctor immediately if you believe you have contracted Lyme disease.
- If you find ticks in your home or on your property, contact a licensed pest professional