Lone Star Tick
Amblyomma americanum (Linnaeus)
Lone star ticks get their names from the appearance of the females, which have a silvery star-shaped spot on their back. They're brownish red, but they actually become grey when they’re engorged with blood.
Blacklegged (Deer) Tick
Blacklegged deer ticks are brown or brownish-orange with darker legs. They’re about ⅛” long, but increase in size after they’ve fed on blood. They don’t have any antennae or wings, and they have broad, almost circular bodies.
Brown Dog Tick
Brown dog ticks are a reddish shade of brown, but their bodies turn grey when they’re engorged with blood. They’re ⅛” long unengorged, and can be ½” long when engorged.
Chicken Mites (Bird Mites)
Chicken mites are very small, at approximately 1/32” fully grown. They have little hairs along their backsides and long mouthparts that resemble whips, though you aren’t very likely to be able to see these features with the naked eye.
American Dog Tick
American dog ticks are brown and have white or grey markings. They’re oval-shaped and flat, but after they’ve had a blood meal, they’re round.
House Dust Mites
House dust mites are extremely tiny, at 1/75” long. They’re shaped like a bean and they have 8 legs. They’re tan or white in color.