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  • Ticks are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.
  • Ticks get onto pets and people by jumping.
  • There are two main types of ticks: hard and soft.
  • Hard ticks are found in the woods.
  • Soft ticks have tough, leathery skin. They can be found in caves, cabins and on birds.

There are about 200 species in the United States. Ticks live in tall grass or shrubs. They do not jump or fly, although they may drop from their perch and fall onto a host. Some species of ticks actually follow a host by foot until they can climb aboard!

Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water and they can live from 2 months to 2 years, depending on the species.

Deer Tick
Deer Tick get their name because they have coloring similar to deer. They are found in the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern United States.

  • Size: 1/8"
  • Shape: Flat, broad, oval
  • Color: Dark brown to black
  • Legs: 8
  • Wings: No
  • Antenna: No
  • Common Name: Deer Tick
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Acari
  • Family: Ixodidae
  • Species: Ixodes scapularis

Deer ticks feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is one of the reasons why they are sometimes called deer ticks.

Deer ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.


  • Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
  • Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • After you spend time outside, be sure to check yourself for ticks. Ask someone to look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back, crooks in elbows and knees, etc.. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully.

If you are experiencing a problem with fleas or ticks on your dog or cat or anywhere in your home or yard, office building, or any pest control problems whatsoever in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts, call the pest control professionals at FAlcon Pest Services LLC today at 401-739-1322 or 888-232-5266. Relief is just a phone call away!

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