Rhipicephalus sanguineus, or kennel tick or brown dog tick
The Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick can transmit the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The incidence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is low throughout Canada and no cases have been reported so far in Québec. The risk of acquiring Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Québec is therefore low.
This tick species has a worldwide distribution. It is known to parasitize dogs in particular, so the presence of dogs in a given environment increases the risk of contact with this tick species.