Ticks are not insects, they are classified as arachnids, related to spiders, scorpions and mites. They have four pairs of legs and no antennae.

Ticks don’t smell blood, they detect carbon dioxide. They don’t jump up onto their hosts, they climb up brush or grass and wait. They grasp the grass with their hind legs and lend back and grab a passer by with their front legs. Sometimes they let go and ‘free-fall’ onto their host.

Ticks are adapted to feed for long periods, they can remain securely attached for days at a time. The bite is painless to help keep their presence undetected. It’s important to note that ticks typically require 24-48 hours of feeding before they can successfully transmit infections. So prompt removal is critical.

It’s best to use tweezers or a tick removal tool to take off ticks, however, if you are not 100% sure you have got the full tick off, don’t panic, a disembodied head or biting apparatus attached to the skin won’t be able to transmit disease or move. It may irritate the skin and will usually fall out on it’s own.

Petroleum jelly, gasoline, nail polish or alcohol, all used with the intension of suffocation, these home remedies don’t work. Researchers say that ticks can survive long periods of time without air. It’s best to reduce the risk of disease by physically removing the tick as soon as possible.

Chemical control is a popular form of tick control, by squeezing a pipet on the back of the animal’s neck. Frontline works by the active ingredient, Fipronil, being stored in the oil glands under the skin. It then self-distributes continuously for one month onto your pet’s hair and skin through the hair follicles. Fleas and ticks are killed by contact with your pet’s haircoat.

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