6 Deer Tick Ixodes scapularis 8 legs Black legs – aka “black legged tick” Black circle on abdomen that starts at base of cephalothorax. Deer ticks are one of three types of ticks in Loudoun County. They have a 2 year life cycle – nymphs feed on mice and adults feed on large mammals (deer). In the nymph stage they can carry Lyme disease. Have 12 hours to remove tick before at risk of disease transfer. Go to the doctor within 3 days of tick bite for antibiotics, otherwise will have to wait 2 weeks for a blood test. Sometimes has a bull’s-eye rash.