Ticks look similar to spiders especially since both have four pairs of legs. The main difference is the egg shape of a tick’s body. These insects’ bodies range from 1 to 10 millimeters in length.
Ticks usually have a whitish body but after a blood meal, it appears much darker.
This is the basic Reproduction method but hard ticks and soft ticks go about it in different ways.
HARD TICKS: Members of this groupmate, on their hosts. After the eggs have been released the female hard ticks take a blood meal. She then exits to lay her eggs in a suitable area.
SOFT TICKS: Unlike hard ticks, soft ticks do not mate on their hosts. After mating occurs in a suitable are the soft tick finds
While most ticks do not bite so do. These bites are quite harmful. This is because ticks usually transmit microbes to the bitten individual.
The symptoms begin to show up in the individual in a matter of days after the bite occurs. These symptoms are not constant as they depend on whichever microbe was the victim was exposed to.
The diseases that can be transmitted by ticks are as follows :
- Lyme disease
- Colorado tick fever
Hard ticks feed on the host’s blood for a white but soft ticks wrap up within minutes.