TICKS - LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
- Larvae (6 legs) emerge from eggs immediately and look for a host meal. Once engorged they drop to the ground to moult and change into the nympheal stage.
- Nymph (8 legs) then seeks a second host from which to engorge. Once again, it drops on the ground when ‘full’ and moult, thereafter becoming an adult tick.
- Adults (male and female) seek a third host on which their copulate. After having ingested a large volume of blood (the volume of blood taken by nymphs and adult females may be up to 3X the apparent volume of the engorged tick), the female drops into the environment, lays eggs (2000 to 20000, dependent on species) an dies.