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Appearance and Size Facts

  • Brown dog ticks are hard ticks that are reddish-brown in color
  • Lack any type of mottling, spots, or streaks on the scutum (shield covering the top part of the back)
  • Males are slightly smaller than females, but not by a large difference
  • Size: Adults are roughly 1/9 to 1/6 inch in length when unfed
  • Brown dog ticks are found worldwide, more frequently in warmer geographic areas.

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitat

Florida's temperate and humid conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.

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Warning Signs of Infestation

Signs of Infestation

Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.

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How to Do It Yourself

Preventative Pest Tips

There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitats

Brown dog ticks are are three-host feeders, meaning that a host is fed upon during the larval, nymphal, and adult life stages, between molting. In the United States, brown dog ticks prefer to feed on dogs in all three life stages, although it will feed on other mammals, including humans, if a canine host cannot be located. In the southeastern US, most collections are from canines, while some uncommon collections have been made from rodents, deer, and humans. After the female feeds in the adult stage, she will begin depositing up to 5,000 eggs. The number of eggs is dependent upon the size of the female and the amount of blood ingested. Once eggs hatch, larvae begin searching for a host through questing. Each life stage of this tick can live from 3 to 5 months without taking a blood meal, but is dependent upon host availability, temperature, and other factors. Seasonality can vary, but in Florida, the life cycle can occur throughout the year, both inside and outside of homes, kennels, and dog runs. Brown dog ticks are found worldwide, more frequently in warmer geographic areas. Brown dog ticks are able to complete their entire life cycle indoors, which is unusual among many tick species. Once the ticks are brought into a home on an infested dog, the earliest stages of the infestation are usually not detected, and the first indication of an infestation begins when the tick population has reached a very high level (ticks seen climbing walls, furniture, etc...).

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