Common Bugs that Look the Same as Ticks


Ticks are arachnids that carry dangerous diseases, so avoiding them and getting rid of them is heavily incentivized. Though several insects are similar to ticks, the first step to preventing and telling them apart from other insects is learning to identify them.

Ticks, similar to spiders, have eight legs, as they are arachnids. They are tiny. Adults reach a range between 2 to 6 millimeters when unfed and up to 10 millimeters when fed. Their bodies are separated into two segments and have an oval shape when unfed, but they get very plump when fed. The coloring can vary wildly from different species, their age, and their current feeding state. And most importantly, they do not have any wings or antennae.

Harlequin Cabbage Bugs only have six legs and a pair of antennae, unlike ticks. They are harmless to you.

Poplar Weevils have three body segments, wings and antennae. Though similar at a distance, they are also harmless.

Ash Plant Bugs are common insects, not arachnids, meaning they have only six legs.

Head Lice aren’t great to have, but they are not ticks, as they only have six legs.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have a pair of antennae, wings, and only six legs.