All about ticks
Ticks feed on the blood of animals and may live in close association with their hosts. They’re part of the larger informal category of biting pests.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tick bites are harmless most of the time, usually causing only minor symptoms like redness, swelling or a sore on the skin. However, some ticks can transmit bacteria that cause diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Ticks attach themselves for a period of time, and then drop off their host to lay eggs. They require a blood meal at each stage of life in order to grow. The female tick must engorge herself with blood to obtain the nourishment necessary to produce the thousands of eggs she lays. Despite the large number of eggs produced, only a small percentage will make it to maturity.
Ticks do not embed their entire head into a host, only the mouthparts. To keep the blood from clotting, the tick will inject an anti-clogging agent.
Important Note: If you develop a reddish rash around the site of a tick bite, suffer arthritis-like pain in one or more joints or have flu-like symptoms that come and go after recently being bitten by a tick, the CDC recommends that you see your physician.
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