Deer Ticks are Parasites that live on animals. Rhode Island Deer Ticks live for two years and have three blood meals. The Tick Life Cycle begins when the female lays eggs. As the eggs mature, they develop into Tick Larvae, then Tick Nymphs, and finally Adult Ticks. Deer Ticks feed on blood by inserting their mouthparts into the skin. They are slow feeders and will feed for 3-5 days. If the Deer Tick is infected with Lyme, generally it must be attached for 24-48 hours before it Transmits Lyme Disease. Deer ticks live in wooded, brushy areas that provide food and cover. Exposure to Ticks may be greatest in the woods (especially along trails) and the fringe area between the woods and border. Deer Ticks search for a host from the tips of grasses and shrubs, not from trees. Generally, Ticks attach to a person or animal near ground level. Deer Ticks crawl; they do not jump or fly. They grab onto people or animals who brush against vegetation they are sitting on and crawl upward. Deer Ticks, the most common Tick in RI feed on blood. They have have six legs. Young Deer Ticks are brown the size of poppy seeds. Adult Female Deer Ticks are red and black, while males are black. Adult Deer Ticks are about the size of a sesame seed.
Yes. Ticks Bite. Ticks are blood sucking members of the Arachnid or Spider Family. And like most Parasites need a blood meal to reproduce.
When Ticks Bite they bury their head under the skin and stay there for over 24 hours. Most people find the Tick before noticing the bite. To remove the Tick, use a pair of tweezers as close to the head and your skin as possible. Slowly and gently pull the Tick out. Try not to break the ticks head off leaving it under the skin and do not squeeze the Tick or more bacteria will get on or under your skin. Tick Bites will be red and swollen on most people. If the bite swells and looks like a red bulls eye seek immediate medical attention. This is one Sign of Lyme.
The only real sign is to see the Ticks, weather on someone or crawling across the floor I you are not sure call a Professional Exterminator. Save the Bug in a baggie or empty pill bottle so the inspector can ID it.
Rarely would you see more than a few Ticks IN your house, but Preventative Tick Treatments help. Treat your pets regularly with what the Vet recommends. Areas to treat for Ticks in your yard can be so large on the outside of your home and will require a lot of product, so because of that fact it is best to use a Pest Control Company.
Ticks enter your home on your clothes, pets, kids and ever small mice. The Deer Tick is mostly found in grassy areas particularly the border of your yard where it meets with wooded areas. They will also be on or close to the vegetation Deer like to eat.