Ticks; Natures Vampires

Ticks; Nope unfortunately not the type of vampire from the movies that sparkles in the sun. These guys are not quite as flattering and you definitely don’t want them near you. Over the years ticks have been a huge culprit of carrying viruses and bacteria. As you know, the number one disease being Lyme disease. If you haven’t picked them off of yourself, you’ve probably picked at least one or two off your dog and or cat by now. Even though there are many different species of ticks the most common ones in Florida are, Black Legged Tick (Deer Tick), and American Dog Tick. 

Ticks; Black Legged Tick (Deer Tick)

First, perhaps one of the most talked about tick due to Lyme disease. In detail, Deer ticks are most commonly found in thick forests, tall grasslands and shrubs bordering forest edges. Their main sources of travel is the white tailed deer. This explains why they are call the “deer tick”. Unfed Female Adult ticks have an orange-red body surrounding the black scutum. Also, they have no white markings on the dorsal area and are dark brown to black in color. Interestingly, males actually do not feed and are not know for transmitting infections. 


Life Stages

In June and July, eggs hatch and their activity peaks in August. This is when they attach and feed on a wide range of animals, primarily, white footed mice. After feeding for about 3-5 days the engorged larvae drop from the host to the ground where they stay for winter. Next, in May Larvae molt into nymphs which dees for 3-4 days. Then, engorged nymphs drop and molt into the adult stage and become active in October. At this stage is when they mail target the white-tailed deer. 

Ticks; American Dog Tick

Unlike the Deer ticks, these ticks are found in areas with little to no tree cover. Such as, grassy fields and along walkways and trails. Also, these ticks feed on a large variety of hosts ranging from mice to deer. Secondly, they can survive put to two years at any stage with no host. Typically, the females can be identified by their large off-white sputum against a dark brown body. Similarly to the Deer tick, the males are also not known for transmitting infections. 


Life Stages

After the eggs hatch, the larvae remain on the ground or climb around where they wait for smalls mammals such s mice. After attaching to host they require 14 days to complete blood feeding. Then, once they are done they detach and drop to the ground where they molt into the nymph stage. This stage can take up to a week. When they successfully find their next host they will feed for a 3-10 day period. Next, after engorging they fall off the host and mold into an adult. This whole process can take anywhere from three weeks to a month.

Fun Fact

Let that Opossum be in your back yard! Not only do they eat mice, cockroaches and many more animals and insect, but they also eat ticks. These awesome guys eat thousands of ticks! One possum can eat up to 5,000 ticks in one season! Let these guys clean up your backyard, not everyone is an intruder…

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