Biology and Behavior
Rhode Island Deer Ticks live for two years and have three blood meals. The life cycle begins when the female lays eggs. As the eggs mature, they develop into larvae, then nymphs, and finally adults.Deer ticks feed on blood by inserting their mouth parts into the skin.They are slow feeders and will feed for 3-5 days.If the deer tick is infected, generally it must be attached for 24-48 hours before it transmits Lyme disease. Deer ticks live in wooded, brushy areas that provide food and cover.Exposure to ticks may be greatest in the woods (especially along trails) and the fringe area between the woods and border. Deer ticks search for a host from the tips of grasses and shrubs, not from trees.Generally, ticks attach to a person or animal near ground level. Deer ticks crawl; they do not jump or fly. They grab onto people or animals who brush against vegetation they are sitting on and crawl upward.
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