The female dog tick lays 4, to 6, eggs and then dies. The unfed larvae crawl in search of a host and can live up to days without food. Nymphs can live . Adult males and females are active April- early August, and are mostly found questing in tall grass and low lying brush and twigs. They feed on medium-sized wildlife hosts, including raccoons, skunks, opossums and coyotes, as well as domestic dogs, cats and man. Adult American dog ticks .
Adult female Ticks are not insects—they are arachnids and belong to the same group that contains mites and spiders. Adult ticks have four pairs of legs, insects only three pairs. Ticks never have wings.