American Dog Ticks

American dog ticks are about 4-6mm in length, have oval shaped, but flattened bodies, and four pair of legs. The dorsal surface or back of the female tick is dark reddish brown with a crescent shaped, light colored plate near the front of the body.They prefer food sources such as starches, sweets, grease and meat products, but other items may include cheese.

Habitat: American dog tick has a fairly wide host range.Dogs are a preferred host but adults commonly infest both large and medium sized mammals such as cattle, deer, raccoons, and opossum. Continue reading »