Brown dog ticks are one of the most common species of tick found in North America, and they can live for up to 2-3 years without a host. Adult brown dog ticks can survive up to seven months without feeding, while nymphs and larvae may last much longer. To survive this long, they need to find a relatively dry and cool area with high humidity. It is possible for them to survive up to two years under the right conditions, which means that they can cause serious health problems if left unchecked.

If you’re concerned about brown dog ticks in your home or yard, there are several steps you can take to prevent them from establishing an infestation. One of the simplest methods is to make your yard and property less attractive to these pests. Keep grass cut low, remove organic debris such as dead leaves and other organic material, clean up pet waste regularly, store firewood away from your house, and keep shrubs trimmed back away from structures. Additionally, use chemical pesticide treatments around your home’s perimeter every two weeks or so during the prime tick season (April-September). This will help deter brown dog ticks from entering your property by killing off immature stages such as larvae before they have an opportunity to mature into adults.


Brown dog ticks are an unwelcome presence in many homes. These blood-sucking insects can transmit dangerous diseases, as well as cause anxiety and stress for pet owners who worry about their pet’s safety. The good news is that the brown dog tick cannot survive for long without a host animal, but it varies depending on the size of the tick and several other factors. Knowing how long the brown dog tick can go without hosting can be incredibly useful in planning your home pest control strategies and ensuring everyone stays safe from these unwanted pests. Here’s an introduction to the longevity of a brown dog tick outside of its host.

How long can brown dog ticks live without a host?

Brown dog ticks, also known as the Common American Dog Tick, can live off of a host for up to 3 months. Of course, during this time they won’t be able to breed or produce larva without a host. This means that they are limited in their capacity to spread Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The brown dog tick usually spends its entire life cycle attached to a single host. The female will lay eggs after feeding until she becomes fully engorged. She then detaches and falls off into the surrounding environment where she then lays her clutch of eggs. These eggs will hatch in approximately 10 days and begin searching for a new host in which to maturate. An adult brown dog tick can go without food for long periods of time due to the amount of fat that it stores up when attached to an animal host.

For these reasons it is important to consistently check your animals for signs of ticks since their presence can pose both a health hazard from diseases like Lyme disease, but also make them uncomfortable from constant sucking on their skin 24/7

The Life Cycle of a Brown Dog Tick

The brown dog tick, also known as the kennel tick, is a species of tick found throughout the world. This tick feeds on both humans and animals, but prefers to feed on dogs. The life cycle of the brown dog tick consists of four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult.

In the egg stage, the female deposits her eggs onto foliage or even directly onto an animal host. Upon hatching from the egg, the larvae look for a suitable host to attach itself to. Once attached it goes about feeding for 3-4 days before falling off and searching for another host to feed on. During this time a single larva can consume up to five times its own bodyweight in blood!

After two moults during this larval stage, the dormant nymph will emerge looking much like an adult, only smaller. The nymph also feeds on hosts as they search for adulthood before molting one final time into an adult form. Lastly the adult will then start their own life cycle and repeat again by laying eggs of their own while they search for or remain attached to their preferred host – typically dogs – although they may also feed off cats and humans too!

The brown dog tick has a relatively long lifespan without a host with adults living up to 660 days though usually not longer than 3-4 months depending on conditions such as humidity and availability of hosts such as dogs or other animals that provide them sustenance from their blood meals

How to Keep Brown Dog Ticks Away from Pets

Keeping your pets safe from the brown dog tick can be difficult, but there are several steps you can take. First off, thoroughly inspect your pets each time they come in from outside to catch any ticks early. Additionally, regularly grooming and brushing them will help remove any wandering ticks. You should also trim overgrown grass and bush around your home – where ticks like to hide – and use turf-friendly insecticides outdoors to reduce the tick population in your area.

Another helpful tip is to bathe your pet with pesticide shampoos or dips once a month. Keep in mind that spot treatments work well too: just target known “hot spots” on their body with a special anti-tick flea product. And of course, if it’s warm enough, select clothing for their outdoor activities that reduces skin exposure to ticks, like long sweaters or raincoats! Finally, before any outdoor excursions consider using collars with antiflora and tick repellant built into them. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to brown dog tick prevention – a multifaceted approach works best!