Tick Species Information

Black-legged or Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis): Not only is the deer tick responsible for spreading Lyme disease, it can also transmit Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis. Many people don't notice nymph ticks until they have already been attached long enough to transmit the diseases they carry. Scroll the mouse over any of the images below to get a better view of the deer tick.

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Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) Larvae
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Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) Nymph
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Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) Adult Female

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis): This tick can spread the diseases Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia. Dog ticks can also carry Lyme disease; however they cannot transmit the disease.

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American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) adult female
Photo credit: James Gathany1

Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum): The lone star tick can be found throughout the Southeast and Eastern United States and can transmit: Ehrlichiosis and Tularemia.

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Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) adult female
Photo credit: James Gathany2

Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus): The Western black-legged tick is commonly found along the entire Pacific coast. This tick can spread Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.

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Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) adult female
Photo credit: James Gathany2

Photo Content Credits:

  1. CDC/DVBID/Gary O. Maupin
  2. CDC/Dr. Amanda Loftis, Dr. William Nicholson, Dr. Will Reeves, Dr. Chris Paddock 2006