Ticks aren’t exactly mythical creatures. They’re more likely to inspire disdain and disgust than legendary status. Come to think of it, has anyone ever identified any positive or productive attributes related to ticks? To put it another way, do ticks have any redeeming qualities? We’ve yet to find any, and it’s doubtful any pet owner has. From their scavenger-like existence to transmitting a variety of tick-borne diseases, these parasitic, blood-feeding pests are bad news for you and your pets.
Ticks are, however, associated with all kinds of myths – even if they’re not exactly mythical. Given their tenacity and single-minded pursuit of a host’s blood, ticks are more likened to mini-vampires. That being said, they are not going to be deterred by daylight, a crucifix, or a splash of holy water – if only that were the case! Just like vampires, there are a multitude of myths surrounding ticks. Let’s look at some common tick myths, and how they impact both you and your pets.
Myth #1: Your pet will always feel a tick bite.
Actually, your pet will rarely know a tick is feeding. Ticks evade detection by injecting a mild anesthetic onto your pet’s skin through their saliva. This gently numbs the surrounding area, which enables the tick to feed for days – or even weeks! Did you know….according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are at least a half-dozen tick-borne diseases throughout the United States? These tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Hepatozoonosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan, just to name a few. While all of these tick-borne diseases differ, the manner in which they’re transmitted is the same. And it all starts with the tick’s ability to feed on an animal without the host knowing what has transpired. Regular and thorough tick inspections and effective grooming will enable you to detect ticks. With your self-energizing TickZapper®, you will always be ready to remove ticks on the spot – without risk of human contact. Click Here to learn how to conduct thorough tick checks on your fury friend!
Myth #2: Ticks are a threat only in the spring and summer.
For most of the country, warmer and more temperate months typically run from April through September. These are considered to be prime “tick season.” However, the unfortunate fact remains that some ticks are active all year long! For example, the Blacklegged tick (also called the deer tick), can survive through the winter, as long as the temperature is above the freezing range. For pet owners who live in areas with warmer temperatures above freezing, ticks are a year-round danger. That’s why it’s always a good idea to ensure a TickZapper® is always on hand, all year long! The tick is securely captured and fully contained within the TickZapper® encapsulation chamber, making it the safest, most effective, and, convenient way to remove a tick from a dog, cat, or other beloved pet. Want to See TickZapper® in Action? Click Here!
Myth #3: All ticks carry some sort of disease.
IF there is a “redeeming quality” about ticks, it’s probably this one: thankfully, not all of these eight-legged pests carry tick-borne diseases. Estimates vary as to the exact proportion of ticks that carry Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. A recent CDC study estimated that 20-25% of ticks in “common” Lyme disease regions are infected with the bacteria that cause infections. An interesting angle about ticks, Lyme disease, and other infections, has to do with the host animal. A study conducted by Bard College’s biology faculty concluded that deer and other large mammals aren’t the primary source of the bacteria for ticks to transmit Lyme disease. The main (and quite minuscule) culprit is the white-footed mouse. “About 90 percent of ticks that feed on a white-footed mouse will pick up the infection,” said biologist Felicia Keesing. Learn more Here.
Myth #4: Ticks are capable of jumping from weeds, trees, and other areas onto your pet.
Ticks have many unique attributes. But “elite athlete,” isn’t one of them. The common misconception about jumping ticks is probably due to their pet-pest cohorts, fleas. While fleas can jump up to 18 inches horizontally and over a foot vertically, ticks prefer the slow crawl method to find a host. And although ticks don’t actually jump onto your dog or cat, they typically ‘quest’ (hunting for hosts) by way of vegetation from the ground level to approximately knee-height.
Myth #5: Once a tick has attached to your pet, there is no way to fully capture and securely contain it for safe and quick removal.
Before the revolutionary, self-energizing TickZapper® was introduced, tick removal was a complicated – and often confusing – process. Tweezers, Vaseline, perfume, scrapers, matches, and even bare hands, were considered to be the safest and quickest ways to remove a tick. There was no widely accepted manual on how to remove a tick from a dog, or what you should do for ticks on cats. Thanks to its lightweight (1 oz), self-energizing (no batteries – always ready) portable profile and innovative design (one-handed tool), anyone can use the TickZapper® to remove an entire tick (including mouthparts) – quickly, easily, and safely!
Quick and safe removal is your best defense against tick-borne disease transmission!
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