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The 4 Stages of the Tick Lifecycle

The Tick LifecycleThe Tick Lifecycle

Stage 1: Eggs
Did you know that an adult female tick can lay anywhere from 2,000 - 5,000 eggs at a time? These eggs start to hatch in about two weeks.

Stage 2: Larvae
This stage can last for about one week. During this time, tick larvae can feed on animals or humans before detaching themselves. Once they separate, it takes anywhere from one week to eight months to move on to the next stage.

Stage 3: 8-Legged Nymphs
At this phase, ticks are out for blood. If undetected, ticks can attach and feed off their hosts for 3 to 11 days. Most people only see ticks after they have been feeding for several days and are engorged with blood.

Stage 4: Adult Ticks
Once an 8-Legged nymph sheds its outer skin again, it becomes an adult tick. Adult ticks climb up into tall grasses and plants to look for their prey. They sense the area around them using their legs and can hop onto an unsuspecting pet or person. An adult female can increase her size up to 100x her original weight while feeding. After feeding, she mates with a male tick, lays her eggs and starts the tick lifecycle again.

It Takes Less Time Than You Think for Your Pet to Become Infected

  • In 10 Minutes: A tick can infect your pet with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • 36-48 Hours: Once a tick is attached to your pet for 36-48 hours, it can potentially spread Lyme disease.

Stopping Ticks Before They Stop You

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