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Understanding the Life Cycle of the Tick

Ticks are second only to mosquitoes in the number of diseases they transmit, which is why it’s so critical to prevent ticks from attaching to, and feeding on, pets and people in the first place.

Understanding the tick life cycle and the behaviour of these pesky parasites can help keep them in check.

Here’s a breakdown of the tick life cycle from egg to adult:

1. Female tick lays eggs on ground

2. Six-legged larva feeds on a small mammal, then drops off to the ground and molts

3. Eight-legged nymph feeds on a small mammal, then drops off to the ground and molts

4. Eight-legged adults feed and  mate on larger mammals, including livestock and pets. Following feeding, they drop to the groun. Males die soon thereafter and females begin to develop eggs.

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– Special thanks to DVM360, The Companion Animal Parasite Council & Purdue University

 

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