What are brown dog ticks?
Brown dog ticks are a species of tick that unlike most other species of ticks can complete their entire lifecycle indoors. These ticks feed on a variety of mammals, but as their name suggests their favorite food source is the canine. The combination of the above two things makes these pests a common problem inside of homes.
Adult brown dog ticks are reddish-brown in color, grow to be about 1/8th of an inch long and have a flat elongated body. After having a blood meal their body tends to expand to about ½ of an inch in length and they turn a bluish-gray color.
Why do I have them?
Brown dog ticks are often introduced onto a property by wild animals. When the tick is engorged they will fall off of their host onto the ground where they will hide in the grasses and vegetation.
Once they are ready to feed they will attach themselves to a new host, potentially your pets, who will in turn introduce them into your home; where because of their ability to complete their entire lifecycle inside can become quite problematic.
Brown dog ticks are also commonly found in areas where groups of dogs are housed together like at campsites or near kennels.