15 Facts About Ticks That’ll Convince You To Stay Inside This Summer

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When it comes to summer’s little dangers, few are nastier than ticks.

These horrible little buggers are unpleasant to look at and they spread things like Lyme disease, which is the worst. If you think ticks are no big deal, then allow me to present you with 15 photos that might just change your mind.

1. Apparently, ticks can also get ticks.

This is the worst of both worlds.

2. Ticks are technically arachnids.

That means they are like spider and scorpions, two other terrifying creatures.

3. There are approximately 850 tick species.

(It looks like most of them were pulled off of one dog after a 2 hour hike.)

4. Ticks can transmit some pretty terrible diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

5. You or your pets can contract multiple diseases from ONE tick bite.

6. Never remove a tick with your fingers. You may separate the body from the head, leaving it embedded in the skin.

7. Ticks don’t fly or jump, they crawl. So if you find one in your hair, it most likely got onto your body somewhere lower and crawled ALL THE WAY UP.

Although they could fall on you if you brush by their hiding spot in tall grass. This is a cup full of ticks that were pulled off of a stray dog after it was brought into an emergency clinic.

8. You can actually buy clothing with permethrin tick repellent built into it.

9. Ticks can even be active in the winter (e.g., you’re never safe).

10. Ticks can embed themselves almost anywhere.

Yes, even in eyes (or other…sensitive…areas).

11. If your pet is acting strangely after being outside, you should take him or her to the vet.

Odd behavior such as seizures, a stiff uncoordinated gait, labored breathing, or lethargy can be the warning signs of a tick-borne illness.

12. Remember, if you squish a tick that was engorged with blood, there will be some consequences.

13. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States.

The aftermath of a tick bite that led to Lyme disease isn’t nice to look at, either.

14. All tick species come in various sizes.

Ticks also have four stages of life: egg, larva (infant), nymph (immature), and adult (mature).

15. Remember: tick bites and diseases spread by ticks are both preventable.

Do yourself a favor and check your body for ticks when you go inside. Summer will be here before you know it, which means that these things will be out in full force.

(via Reddit)

This is why I never regret my choice to stay inside during the summer. Nature is all fine and dandy until you meet a nice little tick that gives you Lyme disease. I think I’ll just stay here on the couch, where it’s safe.

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