Ticks in New Hampshire
Types of Ticks in New Hampshire
New Hampshire is home to:
Dog ticks are brown to reddish brown, while the black-legged variety are orange in color with a dark spot behind the head.
The adults of these pests average about one eighth of an inch in length but can grow up to a half inch when engorged with blood, their immature stages are smaller.
Their preferred habitats are wooded areas and tall grasses, though dog ticks are particularly attracted to mowed grass with low vegetation. Ticks in New Hampshire tend to inhabit coastal regions and the heavily forested northern parts of the state.
Dangers of Ticks in New Hampshire
Dog ticks wait in low-lying grasses to attach to pets, which then carry them into homes. Since the pests infect people with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, this hitchhiking behavior can be a serious problem.
Lyme disease has been on the rise in the area, and black-legged (deer) ticks in New Hampshire are the biggest culprit for transmission. Preventative measures include using repellents and wearing light colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants when hiking, camping, or gardening.