Top 10 Ticks in Delaware

Winter Tick :These ticks are unique because they only parasitize one host their entire life. They’re called winter ticks because they’re most active in winter.

Squirrel Tick:Squirrel ticks are paler than other ticks, which makes them easy to identify. These ticks are larger than most other ticks on our list. They’re not known vectors of any disease.

Rabbit Tick :They rarely bite humans, and when humans encounter them, it’s usually on the ears of a rabbit.

Lone Star Tick :Females are easily identified by the white spot on their backs. Lone star ticks are most prevalent in Sussex and Kent Counties, though there are some in New Castle County.

Gulf Coast Tick:Gulf Coast ticks are found in the wetland areas of Delaware. They also like to hang out in meadows. 

Groundhog Tick :As the name implies, groundhog ticks like the blood of small mammals like groundhogs. They’re also found on foxes, dogs, birds, and raccoons. 

 Deer Tick :Deer ticks are also known as black-legged ticks. They spread Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These ticks are in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.

Brown Dog Tick:Brown dog ticks are notoriously disgusting because they live readily indoors. Most ticks have to spend most of their lives outside, but this tick is an exception.

Asian Long-Horned Tick:Asian longhorned ticks are less of a nuisance to humans than they are to livestock or pets.

American Dog Tick:American dog ticks prefer tall grass and adult dogs. They’re among the most concerning species on our list because they are the main vectors of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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