Facts About Ticks

Almost everyone knows what a tick is, but not much else. Let’s dive into some little-known facts about these animals.

They aren’t insects.

This can be surprising for many people to learn, but a tick is actually considered an arachnid and is related to spiders. If you look closely, you’ll even see some resemblance: 4 pairs of legs, a lack of antennae, and no ability to fly. Like spiders, they camp out and wait for prey to come to them before striking.

A small percentage of ticks spread disease.

You’ve likely grown up hearing about the dangers of ticks and how they spread diseases with their bites, but there are only about a handful of tick species that actually spread diseases. Some of the ticks that can spread disease include the deer tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the American dog tick.

Ticks latch on for several days.

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Unlike mosquitos, you won’t get bitten and then have your assailant fly off into the wind to look for another victim. Instead, ticks explore the surface of the skin to find a place to set up shop and feed. Once they begin feeding, they burrow their heads into the skin and stay there for 48 to 72 hours. It continues swelling and can become several times its usual size. Creepy, right?

Diseases won’t be contracted immediately.

One common misconception is that when a tick bite you, you will immediately be infected by any disease it is carrying. This is actually false, though tick prevention wilmington is still extremely important for those living in heavily wooded places. It takes several hours before diseases are transmitted, and as long as ticks are removed within 24 hours you have a relatively low chance of catching a disease.

Now that you know a bit more about ticks – no pun intended – you can use your knowledge to go into the outdoors more confidently and more prepared.