What do lone star ticks look like?
Female lone star ticks are brown with a distinct white dot or "lone star" on their backs. Males are smaller and have mottled coloring. Both have oval-shaped bodies and eight legs. Lone star tick nymphs and larvae are smaller, lighter, and have six legs. They do not have the distinctive white spot found on adult females at these younger stages.
When are lone star ticks most active?
What diseases can lone stars ticks transmit?
Lone star ticks can transmit various diseases, including ehrlichiosis and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), which is similar to Lyme disease. This particular tick can also cause alpha-gal allergy, also known as the red meat allergy.