Ticks can be dangerous to you, your family and even your pets. Woodticks do not just bite and leave a red swelling area on your skin – they also transmit diseases like malaria, heartworm, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.
It is important to be proactive in your effort to protect your family from ticks and their bites.
Egg Laying Tick
Ticks lay their eggs in a number of different places, but thankfully not on the host! Females lay up to twenty-two thousand eggs in a single laying event.
After ticks hatch, they seek a host, feed for several days, then drop off and become nymphal ticks. These nymphal ticks repeat the same process to become adult ticks.
Adult ticks also seek a host, feed and drop off, laying their eggs in the immediate environment to complete their life cycle. Adult ticks are the ones that you will visibly see out crawling around.
Blood Sucking Tick
Once a tick finds a suitable host, it will securely attach itself by imbedding its mouth parts to hold fast into the host’s skin. This is when the tick will begin to feed off of the host’s blood.
If a tick is carelessly pulled off or removed, the head often remains embedded in the host’s skin and this can cause a major infection and health risks.
As the tick continues to feed, it will become engorged with the host’s blood. The tick’s size can increase up to three times its original body mass.
Long Living Tick
Ticks have a number of characteristics that are good for them but bad for us. They have an unusually long lifespan, which not only perpetuates the problem, but also the pathogens they may be carrying. Such a long lifespan makes it more difficult to control the risk of diseases.
Ticks are very good at surviving various unfavorable conditions and their reproductive activity is extremely high.
Disease Transmitting Ticks
Ticks pose serious health risks to people and also their pets. They will transmit disease-causing agents, several of which have risen to epidemic proportions.
One of the most common tick-borne diseases is Lyme disease. Some symptoms that occur from a tick bite are:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Stiffness and rashes
If untreated, these health problems can become severe and long-term treatment may become necessary.
If you have an outbreak of woodticks or any other pest control problem, you can call Croach® to get rid of them before the infestation gets worse!
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