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Ed. Note:  October 14, 2013
This comment arrived today from Lauri, and we decided to make it a unique posting.

No doubt in my mind, it’s a tick. When you start to deal with a tick infestation, it can be confusing because they have 3 distinct and very different manifestations, four if you count the egg stage and five if you count engorged adult separately. Infestation is a real problem because the engorged female will crawl off into some dark space to lay a ton of eggs. They don’t hatch for a few weeks, so just when you think you’ve licked them, the tiny hatchlings, very very small and hard to see with out a magnifying glass, will start the cycle again. They feed, then crawl away to change into a nymph then feed again then crawl off to turn into an adult… The two photos presented above show a young adult (I think) and an engorged female who may have laid eggs. After she lays the eggs, her job is done and she Shrivels up and dies. That’s what the adults do; feed, engorge, mate and lay eggs. I wish I didn’t know so much about them, and I really wish I had a cure all miracle for getting rid of the demons, but I don’t. The only real cure is to make sure your animals aren’t breakfast and lunch and you are not dinner. I love a tick remedy called certifect. It has amitraz in it and that chemical can be hard on dogs and should not be used on cats, but it kills any ticks that bite the dogs. It’s been the ONLY dog tick treatment that has worked for us. And clean the room, rooms, house and in my case, boat with a fine tooth brush. They crawl upwards if they can. Check curtains and behind wall outlets. Vacumn and then vacumn again and then vacumn every day for a couple of weeks. Dont miss window sills, behind headboards and dressers. Make sure you empty the vacumn cleaner bag into a sealed plastic bag before you toss or you will be spreading the herd. And of course, check the mattress and wash all linens in hot water. I realize the above post was a few years ago, but there’s so little info online that I thought I might be able to help someone else get rid of these blood sucking pests.

Hi Lauri,
Thanks for your helpful information on Tick control  Creating a unique posting from your comment illustrated with photos from our archive will make this much more accessible for our readers.

Subject: Found Bug
Location: Tennessee
May 31, 2013 12:51 am
This bug crawled onto my bed …. it was very flat and small
Tried to crush it between my fingers but couldn’t
Tried to crush it with paper but that didn’t work either
Used a sharp edge to crush it I hurt it but it didn’t die so I burned it
Signature: trini



Dear trini,
Do you have a dog or a cat that goes outside and then jumps on the bed to sleep?  This is a Tick and you might want to check your pet, if you have one, to make sure these resilient blood suckers have not taken up residence on your pet’s coat.  Ticks are also vectors of diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease, and their potential threat should be taken seriously.  Since we will be away from the office in early June, we have postdated your submission to go live at that time.

Subject: Engorged Tick
Location: Southern Connecticut
February 19, 2013 11:27 pm
Any way for a non-expert to tell the difference between an engorged dog vs. deer tick? Most internet images I’ve seen are very similar.
We found this on our bedroom carpet– we’re not convinced it was actually on our dog.
Signature: Fran Maurais


Hi Fran,
We don’t feel confident enough to distinguish between species of Ticks, but we are posting your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply an answer.  Out gut feeling is that this is a Dog Tick.  You can also search BugGuide for images of Dog Ticks,
Dermacentor variabilis, and Deer Ticks, Ixodes scapularis, are also represented on BugGuide.

Subject: In my bed
Location: West Palm Beach
February 20, 2013 6:48 am
I do not believe these are bed bugs as the head is not pronounced and we have not been bitten. There are not that many of them as well. they are under my mattress and sometimes on top.
Signature: Thank you, Joel T. [Ed. Note:  Surname withheld for privacy]


Hi Joel,
You are correct.  This is not a Bed Bug, but it is a blood sucking Tick and it appears to be engorged.  We suspect that perhaps you have a pet dog or cat that goes out and sleeps on the bed.  You should try to do a thorough cleaning and elimination.  Ticks do not prefer humans as prey, but if they are hungry, they will bite people.  FYI, we have taken the liberty of editing your surname from this posting in an effort to save you and your family from potential embarrassment.

Subject: Bug stick on my leg returning from costa rica
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
December 31, 2012 3:22 pm
I returned from costa rica yesterday, and that bug was stick hard to my leg.
Mesuring about half of a centimeter.
We did a lot of hiking in the guanacaste region. Just want to ensure that it is not dangerous.
Thanks a lot
Signature: email


This is a Tick.  Ticks are blood suckers that are known to spread pathogens.  Some Ticks are disease vectors like the Deer Ticks of North America that spread Lyme Disease.  You might want to seek professional help if you experience any unusual symptoms.