Deer Ticks

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer
  • season Fall



0.06 - 0.13 inch

Inch Long


Oval, Flat

What do Deer Ticks look like?

The deer tick has a flat, broad, oval-shaped body and is an orange-brown color. They are also commonly called black-legged ticks because of their darker colored legs. Deer ticks are a small species of ticks; adults only grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length. Females are larger than males, and both will increase in size after a blood meal.

What are the signs of Deer Ticks?

Deer ticks need to live in an environment that provides them with the humidity they need for survival. Deer ticks can most often be found living in patches of dense tall grasses and vegetation, along wooded footpaths, and along fence lines.

What Damage do Deer Ticks cause?

Deer 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 serious diseases.

How do you prevent Deer Ticks?

Avoid getting deer ticks on your property by:

Keep grass trimmed short, especially along buildings and fence lines.
Deter wild animals from your property by not feeding birds, keeping trash secure in trash cans with tight-fitting lids until trash day, and reducing areas of moisture and water build-up.
Consult with your pet’s veterinarian about which type of tick preventative will work best for them.
Use a tick repellent when spending time outdoors; wear protective clothing like long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks, and boots.

How do I get rid of Deer Ticks?

We do not recommend trying to remove deer ticks yourself. They could get stuck inside your skin or you may accidentally hurt yourself. Visit your doctor to get it professionally removed. Call Suburban Exterminating to help remove ticks from your property.

Can Deer Ticks hurt me?

Deer ticks are considered to be an extremely dangerous pest because they are responsible for carrying and transmitting several serious diseases including the potentially debilitating Lyme disease. A person who was bitten by a deer tick and infected by Lyme disease will more than likely develop a bulls-eye rash in one or several spots on their body. The first symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, aches, and pain; basically flu-like symptoms. If treatment is not sought, overtime the affected person’s heart and nervous system will be affected, their joints will swell, and cartilage and bone will start to erode.

What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

At Suburban Exterminating, we understand the risks associated with deer ticks in New York including Long Island. That’s why we offer effective tick control that reduces the risk of ticks on your property.