Identify a tick

There are a lot of tick species in the United States, but only a few bite humans. The ticks included below are commonly found on humans and pets in the Northeast and Midwest. You might need a magnifying glass or you may need to zoom in on a picture to see the details on your tick. Nymphs are very small!


  • Black legged tick = deer tick = bear tick = Ixodes scapularis
  • American Dog Tick = wood tick = Dermacentor variabilis
  • Lone star tick = Amblyomma americanum



Powerpoint: Tick identification