American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer
  • season Fall
  • season Spring



0.19 - 0.63 inch

Inch Long


Oval, Flat

What do American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks look like?

American dog ticks will vary slightly in appearance depending on whether they have just fed or not. Before feeding, they are brownish-tan in color and have white or yellow markings. After feeding, they are more of a grayish-blue or olive green color. Their size will also vary depending on how full of blood they are, but typically before having a blood meal the American dog tick is about 3/16th of an inch in length. After feeding, they will increase in size to about 5/8th of an inch. Their body is oval in shape and adults have 8 legs.

What are the signs of American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks?

American dog ticks are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals including deer, domestic livestock, small rodents, raccoons, and people. However, as their name suggests, their favorite host is the domestic dog. American dog ticks are commonly found in parks, fields, along wooded paths, and in the grass along roads. They will wait in the grass until a suitable host happens by and brushes up against them.

What Damage do American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks cause?

American dog ticks don’t cause any damage to your house but they can be a risk to your family and health as these pests carry many different serious diseases.

How do you prevent American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks?

It’s difficult to completely eliminate American dog ticks from your property, but there are some ways you can prevent them from entering your property:

  • Do not feed wild animals on your property.
  • Treat your pets with tick preventative treatment, please consult your veterinarian first.
  • Keep your grass trimmed short.
  • When spending time outside, wear long sleeves, tuck your pants into your socks, and wear shoes with closed toes.
  • Inspect yourself and your pets before coming inside your home after spending time in wooded areas.

How do I get rid of American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks?

Removing ticks yourself is risky. They could get stuck in your skin or you could accidentally hurt yourself. Consult a doctor to remove one. Call Suburban Exterminating to help you remove them from your property so you don’t accidentally get one.

Can American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks hurt me?

American dog ticks are dangerous; they are responsible for transmitting some serious diseases to people through their saliva. Examples of diseases transmitted by American dog ticks include: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and tularemia.

What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Ticks are a serious problem for homeowners, endangering the lives of you, your family, and your pets. Suburban Exterminating will help you prevent ticks from entering your property and keep your family and pets safe. Call us today to get started!