In this infographic we will talk about the facts about the tick life cycle.
The ticks are parasites belonging in the class Arachnida. They are ectoparasites which means that they invade the external part of the body of a mammal.
Almost all ticks known belong to two different families, one is the Ixodidae family which consist of hard ticks, and the Argasidae family consisted of soft ticks.
The adult form of ticks looks pear-shaped and gets bigger when they feed (drink blood). Ticks have eight legs.
Ticks have four life stages. Egg, larvae, nymph, and adult.
Ticks from the Ixodidae family need 3 hosts to complete their life cycle, while the ticks from the Argasidae family can have up to 7 stages with blood meals in order to develop fully.
Because ticks need blood to feed, they are vectors for many diseases.
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