A tick is a small arthropod parasite that looks a bit like a spider. The parasite is almost invisible to the naked eye. They are invertebrate, have legs with joints and an external skeleton. There are around 800 identified types of ticks. Here we make a distinction between hard and soft sign. Hard signs have a shield and are most common in the world: there are about 650 different types of hard signs and 170 soft signs. Draw life in different nature areas: from meadows with high grass to densely grown forests. They are also active in gardens and parks.
The parasite feeds on animal and human blood and can thus develop and reproduce. The creature does this by nesting itself in the skin of a human being or an animal. The tick has three life stages: it is born as a larva, then grows into a nymph and is finally an adult tick. At these stages the tick continuously searches for new 'hosts', people and animals. When the tick has continuous access to enough blood, it can stay alive for an average of two years. There are even known cases of ticks that have become no less than three years old.
How do I recognize a tick?
You recognize a tick in the first instance as a kind of spider that is barely visible with the naked eye. The tick is easier to recognize when the creature has sucked with blood. At that stage, the tick is at its largest. Many people think that ticks fall from trees and bushes. Nothing is less true: do not jump and never fall. They can crawl as the best. When you walk through high grass, it is therefore only possible to see one or more spiders running on your leg. Chances are that this is the tick.
How do I recognize a tick bite?
A tick bite can be recognized by a bump where the tick has nestled. In many cases there is a red circle around the tick bite. How this whole looks depends on the stage in which the tick is located. It also depends on how long it is already bitten in your skin. You hardly recognize a tick bite of a larva: the larva is even smaller than a millimeter and could also seem like a fluff with the naked eye. The big advantage in a tick bite of a larva is that the creature is usually not infected. A bite of a nymph is already better to see, but is also more dangerous. There is a good chance that a nymph has absorbed infected blood from a previous host.
A tick bite from an adult tick is not to be missed. With an adult tick the same applies as with the nymph: there is a chance that you will be infected with a disease. one in five ticks, both at the stage nymph and stage adult, are infected. Are you bitten by a tick? Make sure you remove the tick as soon as possible or have it removed. Note the date and time of removing the tick and where and when the tick has bitten.
How big is a tick?
A tick can be one to four millimeters in size. This makes them as small as a pinhead and therefore almost impossible to see when they walk on your skin. Once the tick has settled in your skin, it starts sucking blood to be able to reproduce itself. At that moment the tick changes from just one millimeter to an inflated parasite the size of a pea. At this stage most people only see that they or their pet are bitten by a tick.
When is his sign active?
The drawing season starts every year in March to October. Yet you can also easily get a tick bite in November or January. Over the years, the number of ticks and so also the number of tick bites in all months of the year has increased considerably. This is due, among other things, to global warming and the fact that people are more likely to find themselves in nature than before. Did you know, for example, that you can also get a tick bite on the terrace in the city? Many people think that drawing only lives in dense nature reserves, but where there is a bit of nature to find his sign. City life is increasingly fused with life in nature: the green is being brought into the big cities. Because of this, the tick feels more than welcome in our habitat today.