Ticks have two things on their minds: biting and blood. They aren’t picky eaters either: they can use yours or your pet’s blood to fuel their growth. They bite down and bury their heads into the skin while the ingest blood and can transmit disease from animal to animal or human to human at any stage of development.
- Eggs: Depending on the species of tick, adult females can lay 100 eggs or even upwards of 2,000 to 5,000 eggs at a time! Tick eggs will hatch in about 14 days.
- Larvae: The six-legged larvae live and feed on animals or humans for about a week before detaching and then molting (shredding) anywhere from one week to eight months later. The larvae then become eight-legged nymphs.
- Nymph: Nymphs feed on animals, gorge for three to 11 days, detach and molt about a month later — depending on the species and environmental conditions.
- Adult Tick: Adult ticks climb up grass and plants and hold their legs up to sense or “look for” their prey. They hop on board an unsuspecting pet or person and feed. An adult female tick can increase her size up to 100 times her original weight while feeding! After feeding she mates and lays eggs, starting the cycle over again.