If you live in the Northeast, you know that ticks are prevalent and that they can transmit diseases to us, but what else do you know about these nuisance pests? Here are just a few interesting and not entirely pleasant facts about ticks………..
- Ticks are arachnids, which means that they are related to spiders, mites, chiggers and scorpions, not insects.
- Ticks aren’t born carrying the bacteria that transmits disease – Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They obtain the bacteria by feeding off of hosts, such as mice and birds. When feeding on humans, and our canine & feline pets, the bacteria are then passed to them. Some ticks can be the carrier of more than one of these diseases, thus transmitting multiple diseases with one single bite.
- There are more than 800 species of ticks worldwide, but only the deer tick (black-legged tick) carries the bacteria that transmits Lyme Disease.
- Ticks don’t fall from trees; they also don’t jump or fly. They crawl up from the ground, or from the ends of twigs & low growing plants, where they lie in wait for a host from which to feed . So, if you find one on your back, neck or head, that means it has been crawling on you for hours.
- Ticks are not generally found in lawns as a properly maintained lawn is too hot and dry to sustain the tiny ticks. They prefer to live in the cool, shady, moist woods; in ground covers, such as mulch beds and pachysandra; in stone walls; in brush, leaf and wood piles; and in fields of tall grass.
- Ticks can find a host to feed off of through the sensing of body odor, temperature, moisture and vibrations.
- Ticks have 4 life stages – Egg, Six-Legged Larva, Eight-Legged Nymph, and Adult. Each stage requires them to feed off of a host for survival. Depending on the species, they have a life span of about 2 months to 2 years.
- Female ticks can produce an average of 2500 eggs, which are usually laid under a pile of leaves.
- In some ticks, the saliva acts like a cement. It not only helps to hold the tick in place when it’s feeding, but it also makes the tick more difficult to remove from its host.
- Ticks should be removed by using tweezers; pull it straight out, grasping it as closely to the host’s skin as possible. Be sure to remove the entire tick, including the head, which can be burrowed under the skin, making it difficult to see.
- Ticks are active in temperatures 40 degrees and above, which means that during a warm, mild Winter, you’re likely to see them.
- Tick bites can be prevented if the right measures are taken: tick control protection for your property; thorough ticks checks after you, your family and pets have spent time outdoors; and the wearing of treated clothing when hiking. These are just a few ways to reduce the threat of ticks and the diseases that they carry.
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