Wondercide has helped many people with reports of ticks, tick bites, and information on how to kill and repel ticks. Ticks are not actually insects but arachnids, closely related to mites, spiders, and scorpions. They are divided into two groups, hard-bodied ticks and soft-bodied ticks. Both groups of ticks are capable of spreading diseases such as lyme disease, rocky mounted spotted fever, babesiosis, and more recently, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.
The deer tick life cycle consists of 3 stages (larva, nymph, and adult) which can take up to 2 years for the tick to complete. In order for a tick to progress to the next life stage it requires a blood meal. Ticks almost always feed on small mammals or birds. After the tick bites and engorges themselves, the tick drops off the host to molt and progress to the next life stage. Peak activity of each stage differs by season. Larval activity peaks during August, nymphs during the summer months (May, June, July, & August), and adults in spring and fall. Lyme disease is almost always spread by infected nymphs. Larva is not born infected and adults are usually big enough to see and remove before infecting the host. Very few cases of lyme disease are reported during the spring and fall months. The deer tick in the East and the related western black-legged tick are the only known transmitters of Lyme disease in the United States.
Tick bites are rarely noticed and often undetectable if the tick has already detached itself from the host. However, some symptoms of tick bites may include local redness, itching, burning, and localized intense pain. The majority of tick bites results in few immediate symptoms but can cause very serious health problems and painful neurological disorders. Prevent tick bites by protecting your family with tick spray and remove the tick immediately if you find them on you, your family, or pets.