ticksTicks – tiny little nasty b@st@rds.  Look how tiny they are, yet if we magnify them they are ugly enough to be in a Hollywood Sci-Fi movie.

ticks 2Really creepy right?  What should concern you is Lyme Disease which can be transmitted to both pets and humans by the bite of infected deer ticks.  16,000 people are affected here in the US annually.

This is where it really gets creepy – ticks have harpoon-like barbs (YIKES) on their mouths to attach to the host for feeding and they emit a sticky secretion to help them hold on.

Ticks can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which strikes 300-400 people here in this country per year.

Creepier yet is that some species of ticks can lay about 100 eggs at a time, others can lay 3000 to 6000 per batch.  Now you are itching right?

Some species can go years without feeding off a host.

If this concerns or if you are petting your dog or cat and finding that hard bump and on further inspection you know you just touched a tick, wash your hands immediately and call our office at 879-0904 – we can help stick it to the ticks!