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Ticks on animals

the ticks

A small insect difficult to recognize with the naked eye without really paying attention. Ticks are mites. This mite became known in 1815. Very widespread in the continent. France is the most affected.



Their appearance

They appear in spring and late fall. Most of the time, it is migratory birds that transport them. The arrival of winter does not mean that they die on the contrary. They go into diapause and as soon as the conditions are better, they reappear. They can still die in drought or hot weather. But there is also global warming which has not been great for them. They have a resistance to modern life and their living conditions adapt to the various products that we can use every day (miticide and antiparasitic). But that said some products have their effectiveness! Against tick bites. But there is also global warming which has not been great for them.

There are 896 species in total (source from 2010). The male dies first after reproduction and then the female when she lays her eggs. The number of eggs deposited depends on the species, since one can lay more than 20,000 orphan eggs.

Predators love them!

But these little animals also have their predators and therefore there are fewer infected ticks (study published in 2017). We are talking about a food chain for some insectivorous animals. Reptiles like some Lizards. Batrachians a species like toads. The arachnids which are the spiders. Insectivorous mammals: Shrews, Moles and Hedgehogs. Birds like the species of Red-billed or Yellow-billed Piqueboeuf, the Heron keeps oxen, some Sloths, the Poule Landaise, the Guinea fowl of Numidia. Amphibians or very microorganisms can identify. But there are also ants, some wasps or other mites than insects which can contribute to the extinction of this mite.

Their earthly environment!

They spend their time on the ground in wooded areas, tall grass, meadows, gardens, urban parks, beaches and some like humidity. They bite easily to feed on blood. You should know that the tick takes three meals in their life. They use their organ to feel the vibrations of the ground to locate their prey and its also sensitive to odors and its changes. But before stinging, they wait for the human or animal to rub on a plant or other element to hang on to it. She cannot fall from a tree or jump. The ticks do not bite at the place where they hang on but look for a very warm and humid place to stay there. But these little beasts are real devils because they are carriers of disease even if the bite is not not painful. Ticks excrete a liquid called saliva which is the carrier of certain diseases such as Lyme disease (medical term Borreliosis), African swine fever, West NIL fever, Rickettsiosis, Coxiellosis, Babesiosis (Piroplasmosis), Bartonellosis, Francisellosis, Leishmaniasis, various Viruses, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmoses, Hepatozoonosis (following ingestion of a tick), Allergies. They can be present on humans as well as on animals.

Tick attacks

Tique animaux photo archives la voix de l est

In some countries the group tick are fierce. Some reptiles do not have the advantage. They are easily attacked, in some countries have been able to find dead snakes filled with ticks. We are getting closer to our pets and new pets. No one is insensitive to these little beasts which can also be lodged in the hair of your pet after a walk even near your home or when you travel. When traveling, remember to find out about health risks (area with a strong influence on ticks). It is important to have a basic kit also suitable for animals. You can read the article the first canine and feline rescue gestures. We have animals very sensitive to this mite including NAC which are easily attacked.We offer two ways to know the risk areas:

• The company Boehringer Ingelheim based in France is a pharmaceutical industry is a driver of innovation, they have released a Fleatickrisk application which allows to monitor the risks of infestations of tick species.
• And CiTIQUE based in France is a participatory research program which allows all citizens to report ticks on an application.

How to get rid of it?

The method to prevent your pet from getting ticks. You may be offered to deal with a tick product that can be sold by everyone but pay attention to the quality and price; generally it is a combined anti-flea and tick treatment. It should not be forgotten that a treatment must be renewed regularly. Its effectiveness is never 100%, especially in risky areas. The ! We advise you to check your animal on each walk.

It is recommended that you never use a tick control product suitable for a cat on a dog or vice versa without the advice of a medical professional such as a veterinarian.

Attention tique


Warning !

It is even important and compulsory to have a tick removed as soon as possible. But ... never remove this little beast with your bare hands because you risk crushing it and making it escape are possibly infectious liquids.

Pince a tique

If you don't have the right equipment! Or you dare not do it. Call your veterinarian who will. You can also go to the pharmacy, veterinarian or animal store to buy a ticker. The tick pliers are ideal, this very simple method allows you to remove the tick without any risk. Then dispose of it hygienically, never touching it with bare hands with paper towels, a compress or a tissue.