WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TICKS1
If you spend any time outdoors, you should know about the threat of disease-carrying ticks.
Ticks are not insects; they are relatives of spiders. These tiny blood sucking arachnids hide out in low brush or grass waiting to latch onto humans or dogs. They often remain unnoticed on humans or their pets for days, making them excellent carriers for disease. After feeding, an engorged female falls off to lay 3,000-6,000 eggs!
But beware! Ticks can be in your own backyard too. Mammals (raccoons or even squirrels) can bring them into your neck of the woods, creating a whole new tick population. Tick larvae, nymphs, or adult ticks can easily end up in residential areas waiting to be fed in your own garden or nearby park. The Brown Dog Tick can live and develop inside your house!
DID YOU KNOW?2
- While ticks themselves cause only mild irritation, they can carry diseases that pose a serious threat to animals and humans.
- Ticks can be prevented by regular use of tick control products.
- Just pulling off a tick can leave body parts attached to your dog. Ask your veterinarian about proper tick removal and tick control.
- Illnesses transmitted by ticks can case fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness, and other symptoms.
- People cannot catch Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever from infected dogs, but the same ticks that bite dogs can cause these illnesses and others if they bite humans.
- Adult ticks can live up to 3 years without a blood meal.
- Ticks live on three different animals during their life.
- Most ticks spend most of their life OFF the host (animal) in the environment.
- Ticks can’t jump and don’t “fall from trees” as most people think, but transfer onto hosts when animals or humans walk through long grass, bushes, and brush.
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