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From Tweezers to Tick Checks: 12 Twin City Tick Facts

You hear it in the news. Your Mom is telling you to be careful. Your friend just pulled a tick off his kid the other day. It is time to accept the new reality in the Twin Cities and all over Minnesota. Ticks are here and present a real danger when spending time outdoors.

Ticks spread disease to humans such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. They also spread disease to our pets. While they are gross, annoying, and disgusting, the reality is they are quite dangerous.

With no human vaccines for these diseases, preventing tick-borne disease still relies heavily on avoiding tick bites. And unless you are going to never leave your house, you will need to know how to avoid tick bites. This means knowing the what, where, why, and how of ticks and tick behavior.

Top Twelve Tick Facts

  1. Did you know ticks are not insects? They are actually part of the arachnid or spider family.
  2. Ticks don’t fly or jump. They crawl up and reach out to attach themselves from the end of a leaf or a blade of grass.
  3. Ticks typically latch on low and crawl up higher to a hiding place. Ticks prefer to feed around the head, neck, and ears of their hosts where the skin is thinner and they won’t be found as easily.
  4. Ticks don’t just bite. They latch on and feed for two to three days.
  5. The risk for tick bites and tick disease go up in the summer months, but ticks can be active in the winter too, anytime the ground is not frozen or snow-covered.
  6. Daily tick checks are a great method of disease prevention, as ticks typically need to be latched on for 24 hours or more to spread disease.
  7. Ticks can transmit more than one disease at a time. This is known as a coinfection.
  8. There is only one safe way to remove a tick. With pointy tipped tweezers. Don’t get caught up in internet advice.
  9. There are 13 types of ticks in Minnesota but the deer tick is the culprit for spreading Lyme disease which is the most common tick-borne disease.
  10. Ticks have a four-stage life-cycle. Egg, larval, nymph, and adult. Only nymph and adult ticks spread disease and the nymph tick can be as small as a poppy seed, making it highly effective.
  11. Ticks nest with smaller mammals during the larval stage, making it a great opportunity to target them with tick control treatments.
  12. A female tick can lay 3,000-6,000 eggs at a time.
    As you can see, there is a great deal to know about ticks in an effort to avoid them. We encourage you to keep all of these things as well as our tick safety guide in mind when you spend time outdoors in untreated areas. But most importantly, we recommend you take back your yard with seasonal tick control treatment. Enjoying your outdoor space with fewer worries is the best way to enjoy the Minneapolis seasons to the fullest extent. Call today to learn more about our barrier treatment and tick tubes for your home. (763) 434-2483

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