Seed Ticks

What are seed ticks? - Seed tick is the name given to ticks when they are going through two of the immature stages of their lifecycle. The term does not refer to specific specie of tick. Ticks have four stages to their lifecycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. Seed ticks can be used as a description for both the larvae and the nymphs (as they look like little seeds). Once the female adult tick mates and deposits it’s eggs (in the thousands), the eggs hatch to six legged larvae which then crawl and search nearby for small animals (hosts) to begin feeding on. Once the parasites have successfully had a blood meal, they fall off the host, molt and become nymphs (with eight legs). Once again, the nymphs then repeat the process of finding a host and feeding on their blood. They too fall off and molt and then emerge as adults. The adult finds a further host (or possibly the same one), feeds and once well fed, is ready to mate and produce eggs.

Seed ticks on dogs - These parasites are normally found in large numbers (hundreds if not thousands). Therefore if you or your dog have a seed tick, it is highly likely that there will be many more nearby or where you have recently been. Conduct a thorough search, immediate groom your pet and consider purchasing some control products. As they can carry infections and diseases from animal to animal and animal to human, preventing bites and infestations is very important. You do not want to risk any of your family or pets catching Lyme disease (which if not treated early enough could lead to meningitis, facial palsy, heart problems and arthritis). Nor do you want to have to treat them for Rocky Mountain spotted fever (typhus) or Colorado tick fever.

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Not all ticks carry diseases or cause infection; however you do not want to risk the possibility. Eradicate them at the earliest opportunity. Removing seed ticks should be a lot easier than extracting the adult parasites as they would not have formed the grips to attach themselves tightly to the skin. It is important that you understand how to remove ticks. Removal should be conducted safely and with attention as you do not want to burst the parasite, or cause any secondary infection to the area around the bite. If you are extracting a tick, ensure that you clean the area afterwards with an antiseptic and wash your hands. Dispose of the parasites so they do not return! There are also tick removal devices that could help should you not be able to use your fingers or tweezers (i.e. if it's embedded into the skin).

Seed Ticks

Seed tick bites can lead to illness, so make sure that you monitor the health of your family or dogs if they have been bitten by any type of tick. If they develop rashes or suffer flu like symptoms then take them to a doctor or veterinarian immediately for treatment. In areas where diseases are prevalent in these parasites, it is suggested that ticks are retained in sealed jars or containers for further analysis should someone (or a pet) get ill as result of a bite. It is important to ensure that they cannot crawl onto or bite anything else.

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Seed tick treatment - If you find a seed tick in the home, in the yard or on your pets, then it may be a good idea to clean the pets bedding and anywhere that the pet may have been. Vacuum all carpets, check under sofas, in cracks and crevices, on clothes, rugs, mats - be as thorough as possible and if necessary treat the home and yard with recommended products. Insecticides in the form of powders, sprays and mists will help kill the parasites and stop them from developing any further - but you will need to target the areas where they may be hiding.

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