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August 31, 2017

Ticks, Ticks, and more Ticks

 Ticks lay their eggs in various places, but not on their hosts. Usually, they are laid and hatched in their enviornment. Female ticks can lay up to 22,000 eggs in a single egg-laying event.

After ticks hatch, they seek a host, feed for several days, then drop off and become nymphal ticks, which repeat the same process to become adult ticks.Adults also seek a host, feed and drop off, laying thier eggs in the enviroment to complete their life cycle.

Ticks that are out and about are the visable adult, sesame-sized ones, noted Kristen Nordlund of the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention.

Once ticks find a host, they securly attach themselves by imbedding their mouth parts as holdfast to the pets skin,and begin feeding off it’s blood. If a tick is carelessly pulled off, the head often remains in the skin. As the tick continues to feed, ticks become engorged with the pet’s blood and their size can increase by several times.

Ticks pose a health threat to both pet’s and people. Ticks transmit disease-causing agents, several of which have risen to epidemic proportions. Some of the most common tick- borne diseases are lyme disease, rocky mountian spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis.

Since 1992 cases of Lyme Disease have doubled, according to CDC, and more then 21,000 cases are reported every year.

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