Deer Tick Photo, What Does Deer Tick look Like, Pictures of Ticks, Bite, Bites
A Deer Tick Photo as an Adult
Above is a deer tick photo of an adult…On this page we have provided some pictures of the deer tick duringit’s life cycle, these types of ticksare a common cause of lyme disease, so identification and removal is very important.
On this page we have provided pictures of ticks from eggs to larva andthen from nymph to adult.
A Photo of Deer Tick Eggs
Thereare over 850 species of tick with the female capable of laying anythingup to 10,000 eggs but they are not normally laid on the host.
Afterthe parasite hatchesfrom the egg in late spring time it will go through the remainingstages in it’s life cycle – with the next stage being the larva.
A Photo of Deer Tick Larva
The larva as you can seein the photo above has six legs and are about the size of a pin head.
The larva or larvae will feed on small animals like mice, shrews,voles, chipmunks and other small animals.
Larvalive very close to the ground and will rarely get close enough tohumans to attach themselves. They are also known as seedticks and are quite easy toremove if you do find them on you, your dog or other pets.
Simplyplace some packaging tape over the affected area and then remove thetape, you will see that on the tape the seeds or larva have becomeattached.
The larva will contract any disease from an infected host that theyhave been feeding on.
Their peak time of activity is during the month of August, they willthe moult and start the next stage in their life cycle – i.e the nymph.
A Deer Tick Photo of a Nymph
As you can see from the picture above, this stage in the life cycle theparasite now has eight legs.
Thenymph as shown in the photo above will become quite active duringthe months of May through until August. The tick will then take it’ssecond blood meal from another host. If the nymph is carrying anydisease that it contracted during the larva stage this disease can betransmitted to it’s host.
At this stage in the black legged deer tick’s life cycle (it is nowcalled the black legged tick) it will feed on larger animals likebirds, squirrels, cats, raccoons,dogs and even humans.
If the nymph is not carrying any disease from the larva stage it canstill become infected as a nymph.
The size of the nymph is approximately the size of a poppy seed orfreckle and is often translucent
A Deer Tick Photo of an Adult
Adult ticks are the size of a sesame seed with males black in color andthe female a red/brown color.
Adult ticks can be active all winter if the winter is relatively mildand above freezing.
The black legged deer tick feed mostly on deer, but they will also feedon horses, cattle, dogs, other pets and animals. The deer tick willnormally only attach itself to humans by accident,
Adult deer ticks have a peak time of activity during October, Novemberand also in April.
The deer tick will take about two years to finish it’s life cycle.Remember that bites from this parasite may cause lyme disease or othernasty infections. For more information check out our section on the bullseyetick bite rash.