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Subject:  Tick-like bugs Found on chick coop
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 02:46 PM EDT
I don’t think/hope these are not ticks especially since they are in groups.  They seek shade when exposed to direct sunlight.  Chicks eat them when the can reach.  Ticks have been found on my dog (who has been bitten;  negative for tick disease).  But what are they and should I be worried since I don’t want to use pesticides with my chickens.
How you want your letter signed:  pj star

Fowl Ticks

Dear pj star,
These sure look like Soft Ticks based on images posted to BugGuide.  According to Everything Poultry:  “The Fowl Tick (
Argas persicus) may be a serious parasite of poultry if it becomes numerous in poultry houses or on poultry ranges. The tick is a blood-sucker, and when present in large numbers it results in weakened birds, reduced egg production, emaciation and even death. The fowl tick is found throughout most of the South and is extremely hardy. Ticks have been kept alive without food for more than three years. The ticks will feed on all fowl.
Fowl ticks spend most of their lives in cracks and hiding places, emerging at night to take a blood meal. Mating takes place in the hiding areas. A few days after feeding, the female lays a batch of eggs. In warm weather the eggs hatch within fourteen days. In cold weather they may take up to three months to hatch. Larvae that hatch from the eggs crawl around until they find a host fowl. They remain attached to the birds for three to ten days. After leaving the birds they find hiding places and molt before seeking another blood meal. This is followed by additional moltings and blood meals.
Ticks are difficult to eradicate and methods employed must be performed carefully. It is not necessary to treat the birds, but houses and surrounding areas must be treated thoroughly.”  There is a nice BioLib image of Argas persicus that looks exactly like your Ticks.

Fowl Ticks

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Subject:  Weird bug in georgia
Geographic location of the bug:  Middle Georgia us
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 07:56 PM EDT
I’ve never seen a bug that looks like this could you tell me what it is please
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Tick

Dear Melissa,
This is definitely a blood-sucking Tick, but its striped legs seem unusual, so we attempted to try a species identification for you.  We started our identification with the Protect Yourself from Ticks page on the UGA Extension site where it states:  “Ticks are one of the most important groups of arthropods in Georgia due to their disease transmitting capabilities. In Georgia, ticks are known to transmit several diseases, with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease being the most common. Tularemia is a long-recognized disease also transmitted by ticks, as are the more recently recognized diseases Anaplasmosis, Human Ehrlichiosis (pronounced err-lick-e-o-sis) and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). Ticks can also cause infections if their mouthparts break off when they are removed from the skin and can leave persistent welts resulting from reactions to their saliva. If tick populations are high in recreation and camping areas, participation may drop off, causing monetary loss to the leisure industry. Costs to control ticks in yards and homes and on pets and people can also be significant.”  The site further elaborates:  “Three tick species are most commonly associated with humans in Georgia: the Lone Star tick(
Amblyomma americanum), American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and black-legged tick(Ixodes scapularis).  The Lone Star tick has unusually long mouthparts. The female has a single white spot in the middle of her back, while the white markings on the male are diffuse. Common hosts include large animals such as livestock, dogs, deer and humans as well as smaller animals such as birds and rodents. Lone Star ticks are particularly common in brushy, bottomland areas where deer are prevalent.”  Because of the “single white spot in the middle of her back” we believe your tick is a female Lone Star Tick, but we might be wrong.  The Georgia Department of Health also recognizes the same three common Ticks in Georgia, and states:  “Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) Most common tick in Georgia.  Transmits the bacteria that cause human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME) and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).”  Despite that information, the striped legs still have our curious.   We did locate images of striped legged Lone Star Ticks including this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image.

Tick

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Subject: Tick? Beetle?
Location: Chandler, AZ
August 2, 2017 9:17 pm
We’re beginning to find these in our home and it’s got me freaked out. I squished one and dark red came out. It looks black and has a rounded back. It’s so tiny it’s hard to zoom in. It moves slow. I’ve found one on dog’s bed (but not on dog), on wall, in bathroom, on stuffed animal. I’ve killed 7 in the last 2-3 days which has got be concerned.
Signature: S. Black

Tick

Dear S Black,
This is definitely a Tick.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Ludlow mass
March 10, 2017 9:47 pm
Please tell me what this is it was in my bed!
Signature: Jessica

Tick

Dear Jessica,
This is a Tick.  Perhaps it came in on your pet dog.

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Subject: What bug is it
Location: India
January 31, 2017 2:03 pm
Please if you can help me identify it.
I was cool till I found one in my bedroom. Killed it.
In few hours I found around 4 of them.
Tried to crush them, they don’t die easily.
Signature: Naman Trivedi

Pigeon Tick

Dear Naman,
This is a Tick and we located this image of a Pigeon Tick from India in our own archives and it looks like your individual.  Though Pigeon Ticks feed on the blood of birds, they might bite humans if their preferred hosts are not available.  Do you have pigeons nesting on your roof?  Once the fledgelings leave the nest, the Ticks may migrate away from the nest and into your bedroom searching for food.

Perfect.
I stay on the top floor where we have a lot of pigeons nesting which I shooed away last week. A lot of cleaning yet to be done.
Your help means a lot.
Found around 3 of them in my bedroom. I had something itching while sleeping. Thought would be a bed bug but I could not find any.
Also in the process of killing them, these tick did not die easily. They had blood stored and even after rupturing the same the front half survived for long. And that created a panic attack.
Thanks and regards.
Also would want to know what can be used to disinfect them ?
Naman Trivedi

Hi again Naman,
We provide neither medical advice nor extermination advice.

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Subject: BUGS
Location: On my head
September 30, 2016 2:42 am
today i was bush walking and when I got home after a couple hours one part of my head really started to ache and I felt something scab like and I tried pulling it off, it just would not come off so I went into the bathroom and ripped it off to find it was something that looked like a spider, very small. Now there is a large lump where it was and my head still hurts. What was it?
Signature: I don’t know what this means

Tick

Tick

You picked up a Tick in the bush, and it sounds like it bit you.  You might want to seek medical attention as Ticks spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and other potentially dangerous pathogens.

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