Ticks Image Gallery

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Tick Photos

Photo of an adult female blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, on a blade of grass.

Blacklegged Tick, Ixodes scapularis

PHIL ID #1669
Photo of an adult female blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, on a blade of grass.

Photo of an adult female American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, on a blade of grass.

American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis

PHIL ID #170
Photo of an adult female American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, on a blade of grass.

Photo of an adult female Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, on a blade of grass.

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, Dermacentor andersoni

PHIL ID #10865
Photo of an adult female Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, on a blade of grass.

Photo of an adult female Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, on a leaf.

Gulf Coast Tick, Amblyomma maculatum

PHIL ID #10876
Photo of an adult female Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, on a leaf.

Photo of an adult female lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, on a blade of grass.

Lone Star Tick, Amblyomma americanum

PHIL ID #8683
Photo of an adult female lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, on a blade of grass.

Photo of an adult male brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, on a blade of grass.

Brown Dog Tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

PHIL ID #7646
Photo of an adult male brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, on a blade of grass.

Photo of a groundhog tick, Ixodes cookei.

Groundhog Tick, Ixodes cookei

Photo of a groundhog tick, Ixodes cookei.

Photo of an adult female western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus, on a blade of grass.

Western Blacklegged Tick, Ixodes pacificus

PHIL ID #8686
Photo of an adult female western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus, on a blade of grass.

Photo of an adult female Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, on a blade of grass.

Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis

PHIL ID #22886
Photo of an adult female Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, on a blade of grass.

Photo of a soft tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, from the top.

Soft Tick, Ornithodoros spp.

Photo of a soft tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, from the top.

Photo of a soft tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, from the bottom.

Soft Tick, Ornithodoros spp.

Photo of a soft tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, from the bottom.

Photo of a poppyseed muffin with five nymphal blacklegged ticks to demonstrate relative size.

Muffin with Tick

Photo of a poppyseed muffin with five nymphal blacklegged ticks to demonstrate relative size.

Zoomed in photo of a poppyseed muffin with five nymphal blacklegged ticks to demonstrate relative size.

Muffin with Ticks, Zoom

Zoomed in photo of a poppyseed muffin with five nymphal blacklegged ticks to demonstrate relative size.

Photo of female adult blacklegged ticks on a sesame seed bun to demonstrate relative size.

Bun with Ticks

Photo of male and female adult blacklegged ticks on a sesame seed bun to demonstrate relative size.

Photo of two nymphal blacklegged ticks on a hiking boot.

Boot with Ticks

Photo of two adult female blacklegged ticks on a hiking boot.

Photo demonstrating the stages of engorgement in an adult female blacklegged tick over a period of 96 hours.

Stages of Tick Engorgement

Photo demonstrating the stages of engorgement in a nymphal blacklegged tick over a period of 96 hours.

Tick Check Illustrations

Diagram of a girl illustrating where on the body to look for ticks.

Tick Check–Person, English

Diagram of a girl illustrating where on the body to look for ticks.

Diagram of a girl illustrating where on the body to look for ticks, in Spanish.

Tick Check–Person, Spanish

Diagram of a girl illustrating where on the body to look for ticks, in Spanish.

Diagram of a dog illustrating where on the animal to look for ticks.

Tick Check–Dog, English

Diagram of a dog illustrating where on the animal to look for ticks.

Diagram of a dog illustrating where on the animal to look for ticks, in Spanish.

Tick Check–Dog, Spanish

Diagram of a dog illustrating where on the animal to look for ticks, in Spanish.

Diagram of a woman in the forest illustrating where on the body to look for ticks. Check your clothing and body for ticks after being outdoors in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas where ticks live. Check in and around the hair and ears, under the arms, inside the belly button, around the waist, between the legs, and behind the knees.

Check your clothing and body for ticks

Diagram of a woman in the forest illustrating where on the body to look for ticks.

Tick Removal

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Ixodes scapularis pictured).

Tick Removal

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Ixodes scapularis pictured).

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Dermacentor variabilis pictured).

Tick Removal

Illustration showing how to remove a tick.

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Ixodes scapularis pictured).

Tick Removal

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Ixodes scapularis pictured).

Illustration showing how to remove a tick (Ixodes scapularis pictured).

Tick Removal

Illustration showing how to remove a tick.

Photo from New York State Department of Health showing tweezers being used to grasp a tick.

Grasping Tick

Photo from New York State Department of Health showing tweezers being used to grasp a tick.

Photo from New York State Department of health showing tweezers being used to pull a tick out of skin.

Tick Pulling

Photo from New York State Department of health showing tweezers being used to pull a tick out of skin.

Tick Bite Prevention

Photo of a woman spraying repellent into her hand to then apply to her face.

Insect Repellent

PHIL ID #17795
Photo of a woman spraying repellent into her hand to then apply to her face.

Photo of a woman reading the instructions on a permethrin bottle in order to correctly apply it to her clothing.

Permethrin

Photo of a woman reading the instructions on a permethrin bottle in order to correctly apply it to her clothing.

Photo of a woman applying permethrin to her pants and outdoor clothing.

Permethrin

Photo of a woman applying permethrin to her pants and outdoor clothing.

Photo of a woman applying permethrin to the outside of her tent.

Permethrin

Photo of a woman applying permethrin to the outside of her tent.

Photo of a dog wearing a tick control collar.

Dog Tick Collar

Photo of a dog wearing a tick control collar.

Tick Life Stages

Illustration of relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages.

Tick Life Series Illustration

Illustration of relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages.

All life stages of Ixodes scapularis. Dime in background for scale.

Ixodes scapularis Life Series Photograph

All life stages of Ixodes scapularis. Dime in background for scale.

All life stages of Ixodes pacificus. Dime in background for scale.

Ixodes pacificus Life Series Photograph

All life stages of Ixodes pacificus. Dime in background for scale.

All life stages of Rhipicephalus sanguineus with partially and fully engorged adult females. Dime in background for scale.

Rhipicephalus sanguineus Life Series Photograph

All life stages of Rhipicephalus sanguineus with partially and fully engorged adult females. Dime in background for scale.

Nymphal and adult female Haemaphysalis longicornis. Dime in background for scale.

Haemaphysalis longicornis Life Series Photograph

PHIL ID #22872
Nymphal and adult female Haemaphysalis longicornis. Dime in background for scale.

Drawings of each life stage of Ornithodoros hermsi.

Life Stages of Ornithodoros hermsi

Drawings of each life stage of Ornithodoros hermsi.

Tick Trail Signs

Photo of a tick trail sign on a western hiking trail.

Tick Trail Sign

Photo of a tick trail sign on a western hiking trail.

Photo of a tick trail sign in a Minnesota forest.

Tick Trail Sign 2

Photo of a tick trail sign in a Minnesota forest.

Tick Life Cycles

Illustration of the two-year lifecycle of Ixodes scapularis.

Lifecycle of Ixodes scapularis

Illustration of the two-year lifecycle of Ixodes scapularis.

Illustration of the three-year lifecycle of Ixodes pacificus.

Lifecycle of Ixodes pacificus

Illustration of the three-year lifecycle of Ixodes pacificus.

Illustration of the lifecycle of Rhipicephalus sanguineus and the transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii.

Lifecycle of Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Illustration of the lifecycle of Rhipicephalus sanguineus and the transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii.