The Brown Dog Tick
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The Brown Dog Tick is the most common tick found here in beautiful Southwest Florida. Especially, Naples and Fort Myers. The Brown Dog Tick does not vector any disease, such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are a serious problem and can cause major health problems if allowed to infest your living area. Ticks are not an insect and are closely related to the spider. Adult ticks have 8 legs; insects only have 6 legs. All ticks are parasitic and feed on the blood of animals. Most ticks spend much of their life on or near the ground waiting for a suitable host to come by on which to attach themselves. Ticks will climb onto an appropriate object, such as a tall blade of grass, bush, fence post, or side of a building to wait for a host to pass by. The Brown Dog Tick can live for as long as 200 days without a blood meal.
The female Brown Dog Tick can lay a mass of 1000 to 3000 eggs. These eggs will hatch in 19 to 60 days into a 6-legged, small, immature seed tick. Within 3 to 6 days it will molt and change into an 8-legged nymph tick. After a blood meal from a host, this nymph will molt in 12 to 29 days into an adult tick.
If you find a tick attached to you or a family member never just pull it off the skin. A tick is easily removed by first touching the tick with a warm butter knife or alcohol to get it to remove its head from the skin. Then grab the tick and lift it off the skin.