Deer Tick

(Ixodes scapularis)

The deer tick part of the spider family (Arachnids),  can be found in woodland, thick grass and habitats of wildlife and livestock. They sit on the grass and leaves

waiting for a host to feed on. They have three main growth stages and must feed before all of them.

Description

Reddish Brown with black, males rusty brown colour 

Female legs 3-5mm in the adult stage

Biology

Year 1

6 legged larvae (1st blood meal)

Moults into 8 legged nymph

 

Year 2

Nymph (2nd blood meal)

Nymph grows into an adult, feeds on a host (3rd blood meal)

An engorged tick falls off, lays eggs then dies 

Lays around 1000 eggs in clusters

Food

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Habitat

Ticks are found in grasslands, moorlands, in woods and woodedges.

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When using fine tweezers, the tick should be pulled steadily upwards without twisting.

Deer Tick

(Ixodes scapularis)

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