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Ticks are a problem for people and pets alike. These blood-suckers are well-known for spreading disease to animals and humans. The best treatment is avoidance when it comes to tick bites.
Ticks have six legs in their larval stage and either six or eight (depending on species) at maturity. Their color varies by species but is often reddish brown to dark brown. They are small even when fully grown, about the size of a sunflower seed or smaller. They will swell after a blood meal but even then are not very large. Often found in tall grasses and wooded areas, ticks are excellent at hitching rides on fur and clothing until they can find flesh.
Besides an itchy red bump, ticks can cause serious health problems. Lyme Disease is one of the most prevalent tick-borne diseases and it can leave a person with life-long health problems. This disease has been spreading rampantly from the Northeast to the rest of the country. There are a host of other diseases spread by ticks like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, tularemia, ehrlichiosis and many more. Fever, chills, rashes and pain are frequent symptoms of tick-borne diseases.
Ticks are most common from spring to fall but can be active all year where temperatures don’t often fall to freezing.