The Brown Dog Tick
The brown dog tick is named for their dark brown color and their particular proclivity to feast on domestic dogs.
While these ticks rarely bite humans, they will feed on people if there are no canine hosts available.
These ticks should be removed as soon as they are detected, as bites can be painful, itchy, and present a variety of other health problems.
HOW TO IDENTIFY BROWN DOG TICKS
Appearance, Behavior, Signs
While these ticks prefer dogs, they can also attach themselves to human hosts. They usually attach in warm areas, such as the ears, the back, or between the toes, and after dropping off, a host will quickly found another one in the same vicinity.
These ticks are distinct from other species of ticks in that they can live entirely indoors. This makes the likelihood of picking up a brown dog tick from your pet increasingly more likely than as with other ticks.
While brown dog ticks prefer, as the name implies, to feast on canines, they will readily seek out humans if they do not have a dog host available.
These pests will feed on your blood and lay eggs in the fur of animals, spreading their populations throughout entire home and among multiple hosts.
Ticks can complete an entire life cycle inside and, when populations grow large, these ticks can be seen crawling along floors or walls.