Identifying Ticks vs. Fleas

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Identifying Ticks vs. Fleas

Identifying Ticks vs. Fleas

Ticks are a parasitic invertebrate that can infest birds, mammals, amphibians, or reptiles.They are members of the Arachnida family, NOT an insect.They only have 2 body regions, and as larvae they have 3 pairs of legs and only acquire the 4th pair after their first molt.

There are more then 2,000 kinds of fles, but only a few are found in North America *Dog flea*Cat flea*Human fleabut the cat flea is most commonly found on dogs and cats

Both male and female ticks suck bloodThey use their forelegs like antennae responding to CO2, odors, temp, vibrations and other external cuesThey tear at the hosts skin to embed their entire head under the skin to suck its blood.When removing a engorged tick you must make sure to remove the buried head along with the body otherwise it will remain under the skin.


Ticks are very hard to control do to them being able to go long periods of time with out feeding and that they are widly dispersed in the vegetation and that they stay fixed in one spot on the host.

After the females feed for several days they drop off and lay eggs, in the environment not on the host. From the eggs hatched larvae they look like small adults, they feed for several days. Fall off the host and molt into nymphal ticks. they then seek a host to feed from, drop off and molt into adults. They feed and drop off if they are females they will then lay eggs


What are they?

*American dog tick*Blacklegged tick or Deer tick*lone star tick*Rocky Mountain wood tick*Brown Dog tick

TickLife cycle


Species of tick

They are dark reddish-brown instects and measure 1-2.5mm in lenght They can jump up to 8 inches vertically and 15 inches horizontallyThey have backwards faceing directed bristles on theirs legs and laterally-flattened bodiesThey do NOT have wings

What are they?

Species of flea

Both males and females feedIf the female is removed from the host she stopd reproducing and dies within 2 to 4 daysFleas can not handle the cold and cannot live longer than 5 days at 30 F

After 24-48 hours after a blood meal the females can lay eggs in the far of the host, however they do fall off into the environment. the newly hatched larvae they feed on flea dirt around the environment, after 5 to 11 days they molt twice. Which now makes them Pupate. they remean in a slik like cocoon for 7 to 28 days, then emerge as fully grown fleasHumidity below 50% kills eggs


Life Cycle


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