Lone Star Tick

Lone Star Tick

Appearance:  The Lone Star tick, also referred to as the wood tick, is approximately 1/4“ in length, and is brown or gray in color.  It is distinguishable by a white dot that is located on its’ back, which some people say resembles a single star.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  The Lone Star tick rarely lives indoors.  If it is found inside, it is probably attached to a host, such as a dog or cat.  Unlike the Brown Dog tick, it will not leave a host in order to find a crack in your home, where it will take up residence. 

Lone Star ticks may cause a severe allergic reaction in some people.  They are also known to carry diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  If you experience flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue or body aches, after being bitten by a Lone Star tick, then you should consult a physician.

Lone Star ticks are often located in wooded areas, or on rural property.  They will feed on animals, such as deer, raccoons, and rabbits, as well as on family pets and people.

Treatment:  Lone Star ticks can be difficult to eliminate from your property, especially if you live on a farm or in heavily wooded areas.  Professional assistance is the best way to provide treatment that is effective.  Regular inspections of your body and your family pets is important, especially if you have been in areas where Lone Star ticks are suspected.

Lone Star Tick