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Pictures of Ticks

What Does A Tick Look Like?

While there are hundreds of different types of ticks in the U.S., only a few live in the Mid-Atlantic region. In general, these pests have teardrop-shaped bodies and females are typically larger than males. Size and appearance vary by species, and most ticks have distinct characteristics that help with identification.

Tick Photo Gallery

We’ve put together an image gallery of the most common ticks in the region. In addition to learning more about the appearance and characteristics of the species, these pictures can help you identify a tick if you see one in your home or business, or worse, on you, your family, or your pets. While they may seem similar from a distance, each species is unique in how they look.

Deer Tick

Males can be black or dark brown. Females deer ticks have a dark red abdomen and black head.

Illustration of Deer Tick

A drawing of a deer tick

Picture of Tick

A deer tick pictured on a plant

Due to their small size and coloration, ticks are hard to spot outdoors. The pests are far too little to see on blades of grass, and their reddish-orange or dark brown coloration helps them blend in with their surroundings.

Picture of Deer Ticks  Picture of Deer Tick on Skin  Deer Tick on Leaf

Deer tick images top and underside views

Deer Ticks on a Penny

Two deer ticks pictured on a penny for size reference

As seen from this deer tick photo, these pests are tiny. Females grow up to about an eighth of an inch in length. Male deer ticks, on the other hand, are slightly smaller in size.

Deer Tick on Skin

A photo of a deer tick crawling on a person’s skin

In this side-view pest image, you can see that ticks are small and flat before feeding. Once they’ve taken a blood meal, adult female ticks can increase in size to as much as a half-inch in length. Their coloring can also change to tan, gray, or dark brown.

Deer Tick on Finger

Deer tick pictured on a person’s finger

Since they are hard to see, it’s easy for people to mistake a tick for a head louse. Both pests are small and appear similar at first glance. For pest identification, you’ll need to take a close look at the specimen’s limbs. A louse has six legs while an adult tick has eight.

Picture of Deer Ticks

Photo of a group of adult deer ticks

Picture of Deer Tick on Skin

A close-up male deer tick on a person

In this deer tick image, you can see why some people call the pests black-legged ticks. Adult males tend to be dark brown with no reddish coloration. Females are brown to reddish-orange and have a black shield-like plate, or scutum, behind their heads.

Brown Dog Tick

Brown Dog Tick Illustration

A detailed drawing of a brown dog tick

Front View of a Tick on a Piece of Grass

Top view of a brown dog tick on a plant

Male brown dog ticks take only small amounts of blood from a host, but females take much more. Adult females range in size from an eighth to a fourth of an inch in length, but their size and shape changes dramatically after feeding.

Top View of Tick

Close-up top view of a brown dog tick

Both males and females are a similar reddish-brown color. As you can tell from this top-view pest image, other than a slightly pitted appearance, the brown dog tick lacks the more distinct body patterns found in other species.

Small Tick on Grass

Photo of a dog tick waiting on a blade of grass

The Importance of Pest Identification

As with any pest, tick identification can help you better understand the nature of the problem and develop a plan of action. Knowing which species you have in or around your home or business is key when trying to keep your family and pets safe and prevent an infestation.

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