What do ticks look like?

Elena Shchugoreva
Elena Shchugoreva
April 22, 2013
What do ticks look like?

Ticks cause people great trouble. And not only to them, but also to all animals, both domestic and wild. And this is not only bites, pain, itching, disgusting sight of a bloated insect, but also the likelihood of contracting encephalitis. Therefore, it is important to know what a tick looks like, and to take all precautions when going to the forest, to nature, and even in one’s own yard one has to be careful during the active breeding season - in April-May and before hibernation in September-October.

Mite appearance

A hungry tick is flat and has a shape similar to a triangle, the length of the female is from 3 to 5 mm, and the males are smaller - 2.5 mm. On the edge of the triangle there is a head with a proboscis, with which it sucks blood and legs. On the upper side of the calf, ticks have a hard chitinous shield. In males, it covers the whole body, and in females only one third is rigid. You can see how ticks, photos of both males and females look below:

Tick ​​bite

What a tick bite looks like is pretty simple to understand. Because in the middle of the bite stain you will find the tick itself. He is there for 2-3 days.The female, having stuck, begins to inject an anesthetic into the wound, so the person does not feel the bite moment. Then she begins to actively suck blood. Insect increases in size several times. The body of the female becomes tough, gray. After she eats, she will fall off from the "trough". Males eat much less, increase by a couple of millimeters, unhook very quickly. After the bite there is a black dot inside in a pale pink circle, then a red ring.

Subcutaneous mite

Subcutaneous mite is called demodex. It is better not to wonder what the subcutaneous mite looks like, because it is impossible to see it, its body is 0.3 mm long, it is covered with a solid cuticle, a three-layer shell. The mite lives on the skin, in the follicles of the hair on the head, on the eyelashes of almost every person. But under normal conditions, it does not deliver, but as soon as a person’s immunity fails, serious problems appear - ulcers, blisters, itching, blemishes, etc.


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