If you live in an area that’s know for Paralysis ticks you probably are very aware of how dangerous these little bugs are. Do you know anything else about them though? We take a look at some rather gruesome facts about Paralysis ticks.
1/ One of the earliest references to ticks as a problem in human disease is found in the journal kept by Capt William Hilton Howell for his 18-24 – 1825 journey from Lake George to Port Philip
2/ Their life cycle has 4 stages egg, larva, nymph and adult
3/ Ticks hatch as 6 legged larvae after a 40 – 60 day incubation period
4/ Larvae search for a blood meal from a host, feed for four to six days and then drop from the host and moult to become a eight legged nymph
5/ Nymphs require a second blood meal before they can moult again to become an adult
6/ Female adults then require a further blood meal of up to ten days before dropping off and laying 3000 eggs.
7/ To find a host ticks use a behaviour known as ‘questing’ climbing onto vegetation and waving their forelegs slowly until a host comes within reach
8/ When on a host they may not attach immediately but wander for up to two hours
9/ Male and female ticks quest for different reasons female for a blood meal. Male to find a female tick in order to mate and feed from her.
10/ Adult male ticks rarely feed on a host.
Remember to check your dogs daily for ticks and if you find one/ or more remove them immediately and go to your vets straight away.