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Brown Dog Ticks

brown dog tick on a person

What do brown dog ticks look like?

Adult brown dog ticks are reddish-brown and don’t have any distinguishable markings on their body. Before feeding, adults are about 1/8th of an inch long; after having a blood meal, they can expand to about ½ of an inch in length and turn a bluish-gray color. Their bodies have a flattened oval shape. Adults have 8 legs; larvae have 6 legs. Males are usually a bit smaller than the females; but other than that, are very similar.

Why are these ticks often found in kennels and homes with dogs?

Brown dog ticks prefer to feed on the blood of canines. They will only feed on other animals when there is an absence of a canine host; they are rarely found feeding on humans. Brown dog ticks, unlike other tick species, have the ability to complete their entire lifecycle inside. The combination of being able to successfully breed and mature indoors and preferring dogs as their host makes them an ideal candidate to be found in both kennels and homes with dogs.

Are brown dog ticks dangerous?

Brown dog ticks aren’t quite as dangerous as other types of ticks since it is rare for them to feed on people. They do, however, still carry and transmit diseases that can make people sick including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They can also transmit canine ehrlichiosis and other diseases to your dogs. Care should always be taken to protect your home, your family, and your pets from these parasitic pests

How do I get rid of brown dog ticks?

Brown dog ticks are commonly found living indoors. When trying to eliminate a brown dog tick infestation, it is important to not only treat your pets, but to find and treat all of the ticks living in your home.  The NJ pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the experience needed to thoroughly inspect your home, find all of the ticks, and eliminate them from your home.  If brown dog ticks have infested your New Jersey home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control!

Can I prevent brown dog ticks?

The best way to prevent problem with brown dog ticks in your New Jersey home is to make sure that pets are all treated with an effective tick preventative under the guidance of their veterinarian. It is also a good idea to regularly check your dog’s fur for brown dog ticks and to make sure that your pet’s bedding is routinely washed. Regularly vacuuming the areas of your home where pets spend most of their time can also help to prevent problems with brown dog ticks.



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