Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Ixodes (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks)

How to Identify an 


Adult ticks have 4 pairs of legs and the body is not divided or constricted. Ticks have a similar shape to mites but they are considerable larger, usually 3mm or more in length and their body is leathery.

Where do they come from?

Unlike mites that are free living, ticks are ectoparasites on mammals, birds, and reptiles. Ticks often feed on small mammals like field mice and can be found in wooded areas and fields. The exception to this is the dog tick which is usually found in suburban areas and their main host is dogs. Dog ticks are one of the only ticks you can find that infest homes. If your home borders woodland, fields, or is prone to having small mammals you should be more cautious and think about contracting a competent pest management company to provide proactive treatments.

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What do they look like?

Burrowed tick in skin
Engorged tick filled with blood
Engorged tick filled with blood

Where do they live?

The most common ticks that humans encounter in Utah are the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the winter tick (D. albipictus).


Ixodes (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks)




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