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National Tick Bite Prevention Week Advice

Tick bites are a common issue for many household pet owners; not only in terms of their pet’s health but also as the ticks can actually carry diseases that affect humans too.

To find their host, many tick species do something called “questing” which is where they will hold on to grass, leaves, or any household item whilst they hold their first pair of legs outstretched, waiting for the host to brush past their legs.

In order to find the best place to begin questing, ticks detect suitable hosts by sending vibrations, sensing body heat, or an animal’s breath and body odor and will then position themselves accordingly.

Once they have climbed on board, the tick will find a suitable place on the body to feed which can take up to 2 hours. Once the tick has found the optimal place to feed from, it will begin the feeding phase which can go on for days.

The main areas to check your pets for a tick infestation are as follows:

  • Under the collar.
  • Around the eyelids.
  • On or around the tail.
  • Between back legs and under the front legs.
  • Between the toes.
  • Around or in the ears.

It is advised that you carefully inspect these areas on your pet after you have been in a potentially tick infested area such as fields with long grass or woodlands.

It is important to check and treat your pets for tick bites and infestations regularly, as the ticks also pose a threat to you as well as your pets. Tick bites have been known to cause lyme disease amongst many other illnesses that can have serious repercussions on humans.

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