Interesting Tick Facts
Ticks have 1000 species all over the world belong to the group of arachnids which is very close to scorpions. These parasites pass on a number of diseases. The small creatures have different species in which some of the species live in moist and warm temperature and other can live in zero temperature. The use of birds and wasp is famous for getting rid of tick and their effects. Here, are various facts about ticks that you might do not know before.
- Development stage of larvae plays a very important role on the size of the tick. The size of larvae can vary by different as a seed for an apple, grain or poppy seed but the interesting thing is that female larva is larger than the male larvae.
- The body of male and female larvae is also different as the female has the red colored body which is covered with black marks and make have the black colored body.
- The body of a tick is divided into two sections in which anterior part of the body include head and mouth and posterior part includes four pairs of legs. It is true that ticks are related to other insects but they do not have wings.
- The feeding system of ticks depends on blood where the blood of mice and birds feeds larvae and adult insects suck the blood of animals and humans.
- Sensory organ of ticks is used for detecting its host. Body odor and vibration give direct signals to them where temperature and moisture also convey that their hosts are around for them.
- Doubling the size of female tick starts before they get ready for the process of laying eggs. Their eggs can be commonly found under the leaves and it is estimated that they produce 2000 eggs in one process.
- While the entire living organisms have the very sensitive immune system which functions with the continuous consumption of food, ticks have the ability to survive without their food for 200 days a year.
- Ticks are insects but as they do not have wings so they cannot fly and jumps. Therefore, they reach to their prey by crawling and then attach with animals or humans for sucking blood. The softer area around the face is the favorite place where ticks bite and consume blood.
- The surprising fact of life of tick is that they need to eat only during the stage of larvae, nymph, and adult. There is no other stage where tick eats their food.
- A small tick which seems not very dangerous can transmit Rocky Maintained Spotted Fever and bovine anaplasmosis. There are other diseases such as Q fever and tick paralysis which are transmitted to human and worsen their condition. Flu is the initial stage of lymph disease which is caused by a tick. The transmission speed of disease in humans is 24 hours.
All these facts show that there are so many things are attached with even a small insect like the tick.