VARIOUS SPECIES OF TICKS
The Brown Dog Tick seems to be the most common in our area, although we occasionally see the rocky mountain wood tick. Other tick species include the Deer Tick, American Dog Tick and Lone Star Tick. Be diligent about checking for ticks if you suspect you've been exposed to them. Removing a tick quickly (within 24 hours) will drastically decrease the chances of disease or infection.
QUICK FACTS ON BROWN DOG TICKS
Brown dog ticks prefer dogs as hosts. They typically attach to the ears or between the toes and do not travel very far after dropping off a host. They are unique because they can complete their entire life cycle indoors.
BROWN DOG TICK PREVENTION
The best way to prevent brown dog ticks is cleanliness. Keeping pet areas clean and free of debris can help locate engorged ticks looking to lay eggs and remove them from the house. Pet treatment is also an important dog tick prevention tool. Pets should be treated with flea and tick repellent as necessary.
Consult with a doctor immediately if there is a reaction at a tick bite site or if you believe you have contracted Lyme disease.