How Do Ticks Find A Host?

how do ticks find a host

The tick population has witnessed a tremendous explosion in the United States over the past two decades, as have a plethora of myths with it! Some people believe that pests tend to follow the scent of blood, or they fall off the trees. All myths, but how do ticks find a host? Well, they can … Read more

When Are Ticks Most Active?

when are ticks active

Ticks live all over the world in all climate zones except the arctic. The times when ticks are active depend on the geographic occurrence of the tick. Ticks can only be active when the weather is warm enough and a certain temperature has been reached as they cannot generate their own body temperature. When the … Read more

What Does A Tick Nest Look Like

what does a tick nest look like

Female ticks need blood so that the eggs can develop inside the female tick’s body. After mating with a male (this happens on the host), the female tick simply drops off its host to lay its eggs on the ground. Depending on the species of tick, the parasite can lay up to 3,000 eggs, which … Read more

Insects That Look Like Ticks

Not everything that looks like a tick is a tick! There are a lot of other small insects that may be mistaken for ticks. Especially the very small tick larvae may easily look like some tiny beetles or freshly hatched spiders. How do you tell these tick lookalikes apart from real ticks? It is much … Read more

American Dog Tick

Dermacentor variabilis, the American Dog Tick belongs to the large family of Ixodidae, ticks with a hard shell. The species is native to the United States of America and occurs primarily in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The preferred host of adult ticks are dogs, occasionally cats or humans are bitten. Larvae and nymphs … Read more

Ticks Are On The Rise

ticks invade and spread to new places

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the tick population is increasing with every passing year. This is concerning, as their bites can cause allergic reactions while transmitting disease. Lyme disease is very often the usual suspect, but other diseases such as STARI and ehrlichiosis have been known recently to spread through tick bites. … Read more

Deer Tick – Black Legged Tick

What Does A Deer Tick Look Like

The deer tick, also known as the blackleg tick (Ixodes scapularis), is a small arachnid of the Ixodidae family. It is a common species of tick found in various parts of North America, particularly in wooded and grassy areas. The name “deer tick” comes from the common association with deer, as these ticks are commonly … Read more

Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) receives its name from the unique white-silvery mark on the female’s back. These ticks strike people more often than any other tick class in the southeastern and eastern states. Lone star ticks are widespread in many parts of the USA. They are found mainly in forests with dense undergrowth … Read more

Do Birds Spread Ticks?

do birds carry ticks

A warming climate and increased human encroachment into animal habitat have led to increased levels of tick-human contact, along with increased levels of tick-borne disease. Warmer weather allows ticks to reproduce earlier and in greater numbers and it allows more ticks to overwinter successfully, leading to an explosion in the tick population. Even worse, the … Read more

Do Ticks Fall From Trees

do ticks fall from treesĀ 

The question always arises when it comes to ticks “do ticks fall from trees?” The short answer: No, ticks don’t fall from trees. A walk under trees hardly poses a risk of a tick falling on you. To fall from a tree, the ticks would first have to climb up. This is far too energy-consuming, … Read more