Ticks Life Cycle – Why it is Essential to Understand It

People are struggling with ticks and there are a number of solutions, and some may suggest you deal with the menace yourself. Contrary, to the above statement it is advised you hire a licensed exterminator to do the work for you. Hiring a professional is cheaper and efficient compared to doing the exterminating work yourself. Evidently, do-it-yourself solutions have a high rate of failure because over the counter products contain a smaller active ingredients concentration compared to professional treatments. Ordinary individuals, exterminators, and the rest find understanding ticks life cycle helpful. It provides insight on where to start in the fight against the tick menace in Ontario and the other parts of the globe.

Types of ticks

Ticks are arachnids they share the same class with mites and spiders. It is crucial to first and foremost understand the developmental stages of these creatures before you begin the fight. There are over 850 species of ticks, and they fall into two categories hard and soft ticks. Hard ticks are commonly found in Canada. The species manage to enter into people’s homes through pets. They pets most especially dogs are their hosts. Surprisingly, some ticks cannot survive indoors. In Canada, you will most likely spot the black-legged breed popularly known as the deer tick.

Ticks lifecycle

Ticks lifecycle begins at the egg stage, then proceeds to the larval stage, nymphal stage and lastly the adult. At each stage ticks require a blood meal to survive and develop. A female tick is capable of laying more than a thousand eggs. The egg stage then lasts up to a period of four to ten days, later the egg hatches into larvae. At the larval stage, the tick has six legs. It feeds off its host for several days and falls to the ground. The larvae molt and develop into a nymph. Though at this stage one might mistake it for an adult tick. The nymph then proceeds to the next host which is much bigger than the previous host. It feeds drops to the ground and then molts to become an adult tick. The lifespan of an adult tick depends on the source of food and can go as far as three years while it proceeds through the process of maturing. The adult ticks prefer a much bigger host where they feed and breed. The process of reproduction then continues, and the cycle begins again.

If you believe that you have seen a ticks in your backyard please call the Exterminators as soon as possible: 647-496-2211, we can deal with all types of ticks problems in residential areas.