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Wild About Illinois Ticks!

Ticks are invertebrate animals. They are classified in the Phylum Arthopoda. Arthropods are invertebrate animals with jointed legs, an exoskeleton and a segmented body. This group contains a huge number of species, from scorpions to crayfish. Ticks are further classified in the smaller groups, the Class Arachnida, Subclass Arachnida (scorpions, pseudoscorpions, spiders, daddy-long legs, mites and ticks) and Order Ixodida (mites and ticks). Twenty species of ticks live in Illinois, but only about six of them are seen regularly by people.

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

black-legged or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum)

lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum)

winter tick (Dermacentor albipictus)

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