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This is a deer tick "questing"—holding on to leaves and grass with its first pair of legs outstretched, waiting to climb on to the "host" when it brushes by.

 

The host is the animal (or human!) that the tick attaches to and feeds on. Ixodes ticks require 3 hosts over their life cycle, which takes at least two years to complete.

Ticks Found in Maine

 

Fifteen species of ticks are found in Maine. The two ticks of the most concern to humans are:

 

Other ticks found in Maine include:

  • Ixodes cookei (Woodchuck tick)

  • Ixodes marxi (Squirrel tick)

  • Ixodes angustus (Hosts: voles, mice)

  • Ixodes uriae (Seabird tick)

  • Ixodes gregsoni (Hosts: weasels, beaver)

  • Ixodes muris (Mouse tick)

  • Ixodes brunneus (Hosts: birds)

  • Dermacentor albipictus (Winter or moose tick)

  • Haemaphysalis leporispalustris (Hosts: rabbits)

  •  Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)

  • Amblyomma maculatum (Gulf Coast tick)

  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Brown Dog or Kennel tick)

  • Ixodes dentatus (Host: rabbits)

 

You can learn more about ticks found in Maine in this section and in the website of the Vector-borne Disease Lab at Maine Medical Research Institute.