Scientific Name: Ixodes scapularis Say
Color: Dark brown to black body
Shape: Flat; broad oval
The blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast
to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.
The Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks can be found in all 50 States.
These ticks like to feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which
is why they are sometimes called deer ticks.
Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.
Blacklegged (deer) ticks can spread Lyme Disease.
When in an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeved shirts
and pants, preferably light colored so ticks will be easy to detect.
Tuck pants into socks. Use a tick repellent. When you return indoors,
inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, including head.
Wash clothes immediately.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)