Ticks are tiny creatures that feed on the blood of animals for nutrition. The fact that they feed on animals’ blood makes them one of the pests you really want to avoid. In addition to this, ticks also pose a health risk to both humans and pets as they are capable of transmitting diseases. Some of these diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and tick paralysis. (Source: http://dogtime.com/ticks.html)
Ticks patiently lie in wait for a host to pass by before leaping onto it. Once on the host’s body, the tick attaches itself to the host’s body by piercing the host’s skin and burrowing its head into its flesh. The tick will then feed on the host for several hours to a few weeks. When it’s done engorging itself, the tick will drop off to begin laying eggs.
The life cycle of a tick
Scientists have identified over 850 species of ticks which they have broadly classified into two: soft ticks and hard ticks. The classification is in reference to the ticks outer covering referred to as the scutum. Soft ticks lack this covering hence their name. Of the two types, hard ticks are the most troublesome as they’re the ones that prey on animals. Since they are the more common of the two, we shall focus on their development.
After breeding on the host’s body, the female hard tick drops to the ground where it lays its eggs. One female tick can lay several thousand eggs at a time. The eggs will then hatch after a few days into larvae also known as seed ticks. Seed ticks measure about an eighth of an inch and have six legs.
To continue developing, the immature tick needs to feed before each transition to the next stage. The rest of the stages are nymph and finally adult. Because they need to feed on several hosts before maturing into adults, the development cycle sometimes takes a very long time – up to three years. Most ticks die before getting hosts to feed on for their next transition.
The first step in tick control is prevention. Since ticks are not capable of jumping onto hosts, they have to look for elevated places from where they can leap onto a host’s body when it comes close enough. Grass, bushes and other overgrown vegetation provide the platform that ticks require for the leap. The vegetation also provides good shelter for the pests. To keep these pests away from your home, keep your grass cut and trim the vegetation around your home.
Ticks can also be introduced into your home by other pests such as possums, birds and rodents. Ensure that these pests too do not invade your home to avoid secondary pest infestations.
Since ticks can be easily identified once they start feeding, check your pet regularly to catch infestations early. Take care when removing the ticks from your pet’s body as crushing them might release dangerous fluids that would harm your pet if they got into its body.
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