Ticks. So tiny, yet so feared. This is the peak of tick season and there are some things about ticks that you may not know. Like the fact that ticks are not insects, they are arachnids. And when you really stop and look at a tick, it does closely resemble a spider. Huh. Who knew? Or cares?
So, maybe that fact is not that impressive, how about this one? Did you know that ticks require 24 to 48 hours of feeding time before they can successfully pass on diseases like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Vigilance in checking your dogs and your kids after being outside can stop diseases from happening. Okay, so that’s a little better. Go on.
Ticks are tiny vampires, they only live to suck your blood. Or preferably, your dog’s blood. Ticks like the American dog tick and the brown dog tick are partial to canines, not that other ticks don’t like dogs, it’s just that some are more particular than others.
Ticks don’t jump or fly, they crawl up on grass or brush and wait until a suitable target comes breezing by and latch on. They can also drop out of wherever it is they are hiding and fall onto their target. They might not jump or fly, but they are acrobats.
Ticks pose a definite risk to our health and to our pet’s health, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and not take advantage of the many fun things to do outdoors. Or keep your dogs in. Being alert to the way ticks hunt their victims and making sure you check the kids and the dogs, not to mention yourself, every time you go out means that we can enjoy the fun things to do outside. And, make sure to apply insect repellent. That will not only keep ticks away, it will also protect you from mosquito bearing diseases as well.
Don’t let the fear of ticks take away your adventurous side. Go – hike, swim, bike, or do whatever floats your boat. Even go float your boat and enjoy summer while it lasts.