Fifteen species of ticks are found in Indiana, but only three of those hard tick species present dangers to human health – the blacklegged tick, American Dog Tick, and the lone star tick.
In general, ticks have three life/growth stages (as illustrated below):
For our purposes, these stages are important because they can dictate the tick’s appearance, the hosts that it will likely feed on, and the likelihood that it is able to transmit disease.
Hard ticks can survive wherever there is a significant host presence, but they thrive in:
Tall grass and other vegetation next to the highway or at rest stops (such as pet exercise areas)