The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks
are sometimes called deer ticks.
Color: Dark brown to black body
Shape: Flat; broad oval
Size: 1/8 inches
Region: All 50
These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is why they are sometimes called deer
Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.
Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.
When in an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeved shirts and pants, preferably light colored
so ticks will be easy to detect. Tuck pants into socks. Use a tick repellent. When you return indoors,
inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, including head. Wash clothes immediately.