Types of Ticks, Getting Rid of all Kinds of Pets Ticks, Home Lyme Tick Removal,
All types of ticks whether they are on dogs, humans or other pets can cause disease & fever whether its the black legged, rocky mountain spotted, deer, red, seed, lyme, or brown tick, lone star, golf coast tick etc…
Thats why getting rid of ticks is so important….
On this page we will be providing information on the different kinds of ticks that exist so that their identification is easier and the removal of this parasite from home becomes less of a problem.
So lets get started…
Types of Ticks
What Does a Tick Look Like & do?
This is a Deer Tick
Ticks are a parasite that has no wings and sucks the blood of other mammals like birds, hedgehogs, cattle anything really that brushes against it or makes contact.
There are over 1000 different species of ticks and in two categories called the soft and hard shell.
- Also known as Argasidae they are less common than the hard shell.
- The soft shell variety feed for periods of time on their host and do not always stay attached to the host often feeding intermittently on different hosts and laying up to a few hundred eggs.
- The most common soft shell variety is the octobius megnini, which is is more commonly known as the spinose ear tick. They are often found living in the southwest of the US and feed mainly around the ear area.
- The hard shell variety are also known as Ixodidae and have a hard shell – not surprisingly.
- The American dog tick is the most well known variety which lives in North America but is also found across the whole of East America.
- The brown tick also has a hard shell and is known by its scientific name Rhipicephalus sanguineus, and is a big threat to dogs in kennels in any area of the US.
- The hard shell variety will embed itself under the skin of it’s host and will have approximately three hosts during th course of its life cycle.
- The life cycle of the hard shell tick goes through larvae, nymph and then adult, but it may only have 1 life cycle or stage in it’s life depending on the species.
- Hard shell ticks often lay many thousands of eggs and can live through extreme starvation for many years.
Take a look at the link on tick identification for more great information on this nasty little parasite.
More Types of Ticks…
The Lone Star
- Deer or Black legged tick also known as Ixodes scapularis.
- Sheep or European wood tick also known as Ixodes ricinus.
- Bear or Western black legged tick also known as Ixodes pacifus.
- Brown and American dog tick also known as Rhipicephalus sanguineus.
- Rocky mountain wood tick also known as Demacentor andersoni.
- Golf coast also known as Amblyomma maculatum.
- Lone star (see picture above) also known as Amblyomma americanum.
- Seed the early stages in the life cycle.
Home Tick Removal
- The best way to remove ticks from dogs is to use a home removal tool like a tick twister which you can get from most good pet stores.
- Don’t try removing them by hand otherwise you may leave the head still embedded.
- Some people use tweezers but we don’t recommend them, buy a home removal tool and follow the instructions
- Once the parasite has been removed place it in alcohol to kill it.
- Clean the wound that has been left on your dog and keep the tick for identification.
- If you have any worries consult your vet for advice.