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Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

The Brown Dog tick is a widespread tick that is an important pest of dogs. This species feeds on dogs as a larva, nymph and adult. Within California it is most frequently encountered on dogs housed within dog kennels. The Brown Dog Tick is known to vector Rocky Mountain Fever, canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis.

Eggs laid in cracks. Commonly hide under rugs and furniture.

Primary hosts are dogs. Rarely humans and other domestic and wild animals.

Potential Diseases: Canine babesiosis, canine ehrlichiosis, implicated in transmission of spotted fever group rickettsiae.