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Ticks

Ticks

Ticks live in areas of long grass and dense shrubs. They wait for animals to come along, and then grab onto their fur. Once on the animal, they find areas of thin skin and attach with cement-like saliva to feed on blood. The lifecycle of a tick consists of: newly hatched nymphs which climb blades of grass and wait for a suitable host. The female tick drinks blood so that it can lay its eggs. Eggs drop onto the ground from the host. Eggs hatch into nymphs then jump on to a new host, then the cycle continues!

Tips to help prevent ticks:

  • Use regular parasite control, check the coat, ears, between the toes, regularly after working, and avoid areas where fleas and ticks like to live.

Are you on our flea/tick programme? We can send them directly to you when they are due, ask one of our staff today!

 

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