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Brown Dog Tick

Nick Names: Dog tick

Common Names: Brown Dog tick

Formal Names: Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Description: Male and female are difficult to distinguish.  Attachment to people is uncommon.  Often confused with Deer tick during later engorgement due to shield design.  Mouth part is much shorter than Deer tick mouthparts.

Diseases: None known.

Repellents: Permethrin clothing treatment kills ticks and deet-based skin repellent helps repel them.

Left to Right: female, male

Left to Right: unengorged female, 1/4 engorged, 1/2 engorged and fully engorged compare to deer tick sequence below.  Note dark circular shield on both; mouth parts are shorter. 

Deer Tick Engorged Series

Deer tick engorgement sequence.