Tick Identification Guide
Learn What Ticks Look Like
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Ticks are small arachnids that are parasitic, which means they feed on the blood of humans and animals. Several species of ticks are medically significant to humans and pets as they are vectors for disease.
While each tick species has different markings and coloring, fortunately the tick control process is the same for all ticks.
Use our guide below to learn how to identify ticks. If you do have ticks, continue to read our guide to learn how to get rid of ticks, how to find ticks in your home or yard, and how to stop ticks from entering your home.
Ticks have a flattened oval or tear dropped shaped body before feeding and a plump, rounded body after feeding.
Immature ticks in the larvae stage have 6 legs. After feeding and maturing, they grow two additional legs for 8 legs total.
Ticks do not have wings or antennae.
Ticks range in color and marking depending on their species. See the chart below for examples of tick coloring.
Ticks can be found throughout the United States. While not every species of tick is in every state, there is at least 1 species of tick in each state.
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