Ticks require a blood meal to molt and breed. Unlike the flea, a tick only gets on the host long enough to acquire a blood meal and then drops off the host to molt or breed. When the tick is ready to lay eggs, it generally likes to find a place at the base of a plant or tree. The Female tick then lays up to 1000 eggs and when the eggs hatch, the baby ticks will climb onto the tips of the bush, or low tree limbs to wait for an animal to walk by and brush the branches. The tick can then easily hitch a ride and begin feeding. Some ticks carry diseases such as lime disease, and tick bites should be avoided. If you experience a tick bite while the tick is still attached it is important to remove it correctly. Contact a health professional for advice on correctly removing the tick. It is also a good idea to keep the tick until you are certain you have not acquired a tick bred disease (should you have symptoms, the tick can be tested). A tick bite reaction can vary depending on the person. Reactions to a tick bite may be a raised red welt, to a rash like appearance. A bullseye appearance is generally associated with possible lime disease. Any unusual symptoms such as paralysis, partial paralysis, fever, infection, heart palpitation, sore joints, etc. should be reported to your doctor immediately.

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