Ticks are just as serious as mosquitoes as they can spread Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Ticks can cause havoc and disease with both you and your pets.
Like mosquitoes, ticks are vectors, or transmitters, of disease. Though extremely serious, mosquito-borne disease affects only a few thousand individuals in the US each year, while tick-borne disease afflicts tens of thousands.
Unlike mosquitoes, ticks do not grab a blood meal and go on their way. Ticks have beak-like projections that plunge into the skin of their host. Depending on its type, a tick may feed on the host’s blood for hours, days or even weeks.
Quick Facts About Ticks
Although commonly referred to as insects, ticks are technically arachnids.
Ticks are classified as parasites since they all feed on the blood of host animals.
The ticks of greatest concern in the US are the black legged tick (also known as the deer tick in the eastern US), the Lone Star tick, and the dog tick.
Ticks do not jump or fly. Typically, they transfer to hosts by waiting on tall grass and crawling aboard when a mammal happens by.
Ticks can be active when the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tick bites often go undetected because they do not hurt or itch.
Ticks that enter your home can live there for extended periods.
Tick larvae are not believed to carry pathogens. The pathogens are received from the host when the larvae take their first blood meal. They will not feed again until nymph stage. The nymph stage is believed to be most responsible for infecting humans as nymphs are small and can more easily go undetected on the skin.
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