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LIFE CYCLE

From eggs to larvae to nymph to adult.

TICKS NEED OTHER HOSTS BEFORE THEY LAND ON YOUR DOG


Most ticks, like Ixodes (X-oh-dees, the deer tick), take 2 years to complete the 4 stages of their life cycle. From eggs to larvae to nymphs to adults, the Ixodes tick's survival is dependent on different hosts along the way to provide a blood meal.

LIFE CYCLE OF A TICK

Life Cycle of a Tick



FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT IXODES (THE DEER TICK)

  • Each female tick lays more than 2,000 eggs!8
  • The tick must dine on blood from whatever host it can find
  • Ticks are called "vectors," which means they carry and transmit disease
  • Larvae have 6 legs but develop 8 when they become nymphs and adults
  • Adult ticks are the size of a sesame seed or smaller before feeding
  • Nymphs and adults transmit Lyme disease to dogs and humans
  • You and your dog are most likely to encounter ticks from April to November, when nymphs and adults begin feeding
  • You can only contract Lyme disease from ticks, not from dogs or other humans

CANINE RISK FACTORS


Learn the facts about how to assess risk by geography and exposure to deer ticks.


PREVENTION


Lyme Disease is largely preventable through tick control and vaccination. Get important details.


CASE STUDIES


Read about real dogs that were diagnosed with Lyme disease.