Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Ixodes (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks)

How to Identify an 


Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals and people. They come in various colors but are typically brown or black. They have eight legs and a hard, shell-like body. Ticks are most commonly found in tall grass and bushes, but can also be found in wooded areas and around homes.

Where do they come from?

How to keep them out

The best way to prevent tick infestations is to avoid tall grass and bushes, especially in areas where there is a high concentration of deer. If you must go into an area that is known to have ticks, wear long sleeves and pants and use a tick repellent. Check yourself and your pets for ticks after leaving an area known to have them, and remove any that are found. To remove ticks, use a thin flat surface like a credit card to gently scrape the tick off, as pulling them off with tweezers can cause parts of the tick to be left behind in the skin.

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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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