American Dog Tick

American Dog Tick

Appearance:  The American Dog tick is approximately ¼” in length.  They are usually reddish-brown in color, and they may have some lighter spotting along their back.  They are considered a hard tick, because they have an exterior, hard shell. 

Location and Behavior Patterns:  The American Dog tick is usually located in open, grassy areas, in fields, or along pathways and walkways.  They have been known to carry diseases to humans, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.  This type of tick is a common source of tick bites to humans.  If you find a tick on you that is attached and trying to feed on your blood, careful removal of the tick is required.  Using sharp-ended tweezers to slowly pull the tick from the head is the best way to ensure that all of the tick is removed from your skin.  In addition to feeding on people, the American Dog tick will feed on dogs, cats, deer, rabbits, and other hosts, too.

Treatment:  Prevention is one of the keys to avoiding an American Dog tick bite, as well as inspecting yourself, your family members, and your family pets regularly, especially after being outdoors where the ticks can be found.  Treat your pets regularly with tick prevention medication, also.  Your pest control specialist can provide further tick prevention applications to your property, as well.

American Dog Tick