Identify Two Types of Ticks in Niagara

A tick is very small and can range in size from a poppy seed to a small grape (when engorged). They do not jump or fly.

Ticks are normally found in forested areas or areas with long grass, where they attach themselves to humans and animals passing by.

On humans, ticks normally attach to areas such as the groin, armpits, hairline or behind the ears.

Blacklegged / Deer Tick

  • Can carry and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease
  • Usually found in forested areas
  • Very small and can be hard to see
  • Active in early spring and late fall
  • Blacklegged ticks have no white markings on the large part of their bodies

Photos of Blacklegged / Deer Ticks

American Dog Tick

  • The most common tick found in the Niagara region
  • Does not carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease
  • Usually found in areas with long grass and tree cover
  • About the size of an apple seed and reddish brown in colour
  • Active in the spring and summer
  • Dog ticks usually have white markings or silver-coloured spots

Photos of American Dog Ticks

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