Ticks are ambush insects. I.E.: They cannot “chase” they prey.
They wait on grass, weeds, or a bush and when a pet or person brushes by, they latch onto the host and go for a ride. More times than not, that means into your home!
Larval Ticks (babies) only have 6 legs, and sometimes are mis-identified.
Adult Ticks have 8 legs and are about the size of a sunflower seed.
Most species of Tick do not breed well inside a home. One exception to this rule is the Brown Dog Tick. The Brown Dog Tick can and will survive inside the home and will reproduce quite well.
Types of Ticks Common to the Area
- Brown Dog Tick
- Deer Tick (black-legged tick, or lyme disease tick)
- American Dog Tick (also know as the Eastern Wood Tick)
One of the most common tick-borne ailments is Lyme Disease.
Lyme disease can affect the heart and nervous system, so early detection and medical treatment are essential.
- Joint pain
- Skin rash
Some great information from Purdue University about ticks can be found at