Common Ticks in Kentucky

Lone star ticks are very active this spring. All stages of this species feed on humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife. Adults and nymphs are active now. Differences in size and appearance can be confusing, but the irritation and itching from their bites makes a lasting impression.

Nymphs, an immature stage, are about 1/16 inch long. The adults are about 1/8 inch long. Males have a red-brown back; females have a single white spot (the lone star) on their backs. Nymphs and adults can be found from March through early July. The tiny 6-legged stage, also called seed tick or turkey mite, is abundant during July and August.

Figure 1. Lone star tick male (left) and nymph (right).  Their long mouthparts are a distinctive feature.(Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 1. Lone star tick male (left) and nymph (right). Their long mouthparts are a distinctive feature.(Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Information on the lone star tick is available at

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef648.asp

 

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

Posted in Human Pests, Livestock Pests, Pet Pests