Many people think ticks are only present in the woods. However, ticks can be found in many areas.
- Where woods/fields meet lawn
- Wooded areas
- Tall brush/grass
- Under leaves*
- Very small numbers on cut/raked lawns or sports fields
- Under ground cover (plants) in yard *
- Around stone walls and woodpiles where mice & other small mammals live
*under plants/leaves to prevent dehydration
A comprehensive resource for homeowners and public health officials is the Tick Management Handbook by Kirby Stafford III, Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station, New Haven, CT
These photos may help you to identify the different species of ticks and what they look like at various life stages. Some pictures include objects to help you compare their size to the actual size of the ticks.
There are a number of ticks in the United States that can carry and/or transmit many diseases which people and their pets may get from a tickbite. Often, one tickbite can transmit several different diseases. The ticks most often talked about are the Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, and its western cousin, Ixodes pacificus, the western blacklegged tick. Both of these ticks transmit Lyme disease.