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Lone Star Ticks

What do lone star ticks look like?

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Females are mainly brown/beige with a white spot. Males have scattered spots or streaks along the body. Adult lone star ticks are about 1/3 of an inch in length

Lone star tick behaviors

As their name suggests, this type of tick is most common in Texas and other southeast states.  Rarely are they found on Long Island or elsewhere in New York. 

Lone Star ticks can't fly or jump. They climb up grass or other vegetation to hitchhike/ grab onto a passing host.

Are lone star ticks dangerous?

Lone star ticks are capable of transmitting human monocytic ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, and Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI). This tick also may cause a meat allergy.

Can Suburban help with a lone star tick problem?

If you've found a tick in your home or on your property, it's likely not a lone star tick but rather a deer tick.  Give us a call, we'd be happy to help you identify the species and recommend a treatment plan.

Tick prevention tips

If you're traveling to Texas or other states in the southeast and plan on spending time outdoors, be sure to find out what ticks are present and how you can avoid them.  To keep ticks off your person and away from your home, we recommend the following tick prevention tips:

  • When spending time outdoors, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
  • Check your clothing and body for ticks after spending time outside.
  • Talk to your vet about a tick treatment for your pet.
  • Check pets often for ticks.
  • Wash pet bedding and your bedding too if pets sleep with you.
  • Reduce conditions that attract rodents and wildlife (i.e. tick hosts).
  • Consider installing a fence if you often have wildlife on your property.

 

 

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