Talking Ticks? Here are some facts about these small, but dangerous threats to humans and animals alike
Ticks are a common and serious threat to pet and human health. Here are some facts that you may not have known:
- Ticks are members of the spider family (arthropods) that survive by drinking the blood of their hosts
- Ticks are second only to mosquitos in terms of their public health importance worldwide. This is due to the diseases they transmit
- Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease to both people and dogs
- Milder, wetter winters mean that ticks are not just found in spring and summer, but are a year round problem
- Ticks feed on your pet for up to 10 days, before dropping off to lay their eggs
- Ticks are hard to kill, and can:
- survive for up to 3 weeks under water
- survive for 1 year without feeding
- be found at altitudes of 1,500 metres
- survive a trip through the washing machine
- survive for 24 hours at temperatures of -13C
- A single female tick can lay up to 6,000 eggs at a time!
- Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic, so your dog will not feel the bite and neither will you!
- Ticks can be hard to spot; before feeding they are tiny and can be hidden in your pet’s fur