Ticks

Ticks are extremely dangerous Ė to your pets and your family. A lot of people refer to ticks as insects. They are not insects but actually fall under the same group as spiders, scorpions and mites. This particular group is called arachnids; they have only four pairs of legs when they are adults and they donít have any antennae unlike insects that have antennaeís and three pairs of legs.

Ticks are very well known for carrying diseases, this is because they stick to you very strongly and firmly when they are sucking blood and they feed off of you extremely slowly. You probably will not even know that there is a tick on you or on your pet and this will leave them to feed peacefully. They donít quickly suck your blood then move on to their next victim, in actual fact, ticks feed of off one person/animal for several days. They have four stages of their life, first the egg, then the six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and then finally an adult. The small larva, which is also known as a seed tick, feeds on a suitable victim, then the larva is developed into the nymph which is bigger. Once that is done the nymph then feeds on its victim and develops into an even bigger adult. The male and female ticks are not very different from each other. Not long after feeding, the female finds a suitable place to lay her eggs.

Ticks sit on the tip of grass and shrubs. They do not come from trees. When the animal walks in the grass the tick quickly lets go of the grass and attaches itself firmly onto the animals fur and then makes its way deeper, towards the skin. They can also crawl several feet towards their victim and are mostly found on winter days when the ground is cold and wet.

If you find a tick on someone or an animal, remove it with tweezers. Grab it as close to the skin as you can get it, gently but firmly. Then pull it straight out. It is important that you do not leave the head of the tick in the skin. Dispose of it in the toilet.

If you suspect your pet has ticks, itís recommended to take them to the vet. They will make sure they remove them and may give your pet an antibiotic to help them recover.

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