Ticks and your dog – 10 tick facts
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Kate
These O'Tom Tick Twisters are the best tick remover on the market. They safely remove ticks on dogs (and cats, and you!), without leaving the tick's mouth parts behind which can lead to infection. Here are 10 tick facts to help you understand them a little more.
- In the UK, ticks are most abundant from April to October (although bites can occur all year round) and are most prevalent in rural locations such as forests woods and grassland, but can be active in urban park-lands and gardens.
- Ticks bite animals and humans to feed on blood they need to stay alive.
- Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic which means you and your dog don't feel the bite.
- Some ticks can live up to a year without a meal.
- Ticks don't fly or jump. Instead, they drop from low vegetation or climb on as an animal or person brushes by the plants they are resting on.
- Ticks like warm places on the body like the groin, armpits and scalp. The back of the knee, waist and buttocks are also favourite blood-sucking spots.
- In dogs, ticks like ears, armpits, stomachs and anywhere the fur is thin.
- A female tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.
- There are over 20 tick species in the UK and over 800 worldwide.
- Ticks can carry and transmit more than one disease simultaneously, in the UK Lyme disease is the most common.