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7 Rarely Known Facts About Cat Ticks

Feeling like you know a lot about cat ticks? If not, check out the 7 facts about cat ticks that can be basic information before you remove them from the following houses.

Cat tick problems at home are common, especially for pet owners with cats or dogs. Thus, it is not surprising that these types of cat ticks are always a nightmare for every pet owner, wherever they are.

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These small blood-suction parasites are sneaky enough to always sneak into the home. Once they are able to enter the home, they will start biting their host in order to begin the breeding process (laying eggs).

In this article, Rentokil has summarised some facts about cat ticks, which are also one of the most common types of pet ticks that attack animals and humans.

Facts about cat ticks

Here are 7 facts about cat ticks that many people rarely know:

  1. Cat ticks are sneaky jumpers
  2. Cat ticks can produce 50 eggs a day
  3. Cat ticks have a relatively short life cycle
  4. Cat ticks can bite up to 400 times a day
  5. Cat ticks can only live a few days without blood
  6. Cat ticks can also bite humans
  7. Cat ticks cannot live on the human body

Click on one of the facts about cat ticks above to read the full information.

1. Cat ticks are sneaky jumpers

Who knows if cat ticks have the athletic ability to make the same jump both vertically and horizontally?

In contrast to bed bugs that will crawl when searching for their host, cat ticks do not crawl but rather jump while searching or landing on their host’s body. Cat ticks have a pair of strong, long back legs that allow them to jump many times, up to 200 times their body length!

The facts about cat ticks and their jumping ability have been discussed in 2,000 research on veterinary parasitology. In the research, cat ticks jumped at least 2 cm, with a maximum jump length of 48 cm.

2. Cat ticks can produce 50 eggs a day

Generally, female cat ticks are capable of producing between 20 and 50 eggs within the first 36 to 48 hours after consuming fresh blood from their host daily.

Looking at the average lifespan, or age, of cat ticks, which can last up to 3 months, the average female cat tick can produce 2,000 eggs throughout their lifetime.

Cat tick eggs generally hatch for no more than 10 days. But under ideal (warm) conditions, cat tick eggs can hatch early and only take 48 hours to begin the larval stage.

Cat tick eggs are very small at 0.5 mm, white, and have a soft texture. These eggs can usually be found in places where cat ticks find food sources, such as among pet bristles or around regular pet resting places.

3. Cat ticks have a relatively short life cycle

One of the reasons why cat ticks can spread rapidly throughout a corner or part of a home is because of their relatively short life cycle.

The average cat tick can complete its life cycle in just 2–3 weeks or months. The process of a cat tick’s life cycle going through four different stages (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) is highly dependent on environmental conditions or temperatures.

The warmer and more humid the environmental conditions, the faster the life cycle of the cat tick. Instead, their life cycle slows down when environmental conditions or temperatures turn colder or dry.

Learn more about the cat tick’s life cycle here

4. Cat ticks can bite up to 400 times a day

Within a day, a cat tick can bite its host up to 400 times to get fresh blood. So, if there are currently 10 adult cat ticks in the home, at least every day you get 4,000 bites from cat ticks that have not been removed.

Don’t wait for cat ticks to become a more serious problem in your home! Get professional service right away to help you get rid of cat ticks and other problems at home today.

5. Cat ticks can only live a few days without blood

Based on one research of blood consumption in cat ticks, it was concluded that adult ticks would consume an average of 13.6 microliters (± 2.7 microliters) of blood per day. Where their need for blood consumption is equal to 15 times their weight.

With access to their main food source, which is fresh mammalian blood, and relatively humid environmental conditions, adult cat ticks can survive for up to 3 months. But cat ticks will not last more than 4 days to 1 week if they do not have access to their main food source.

6. Cat ticks can also bite humans

Finding many cat ticks in a home is actually a serious health problem not only for pets but also for yourself and your family.
Because cat ticks require fresh blood from a mammal in order to produce their eggs, and humans are also classified as mammals, it is not possible to have cat tick bites at home.

The human body can have a severe reaction to saliva injected by cat ticks when biting. They generally bite humans on the lower body, such as the calves, ankles, and soles.

However, it is possible that the bite of cat ticks may also be found in other parts of the body, such as the waist, underarms, or elbows.

In general, the following are some symptoms of cat tick bites in humans:

  • Sensation of itching and pain
  • Red, swollen sores that may appear in bands or streaks that develop within minutes of the bite
  • Cat tick bites can also trigger serious allergic reactions in humans and cause symptoms such as dizziness, difficulty breathing, nausea, and chest pain

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7. Cat ticks cannot live on the human body   

If you ever ask, “Are cat ticks infectious in human hair?”. So, the short answer to this question is yes.

In most cases, cat ticks are often found jumping from the bodies of pets to the bodies of humans, especially to the hair part of the head.

But the good news is that cat ticks cannot live and breed on humans. This is because humans do not have thick, dense feathers like animals. It is very difficult for cat ticks to breed without protection from feathers or hair.

How do I remove cat ticks at home? 

The experience of removing cat ticks yourself at home is certainly not a story with a fun ending for most people in general. Why is that?

First, the very small 2–3 mm cat ticks body size, or sesame seed size, makes it easy for them to hide in tight places that are hard for humans to reach. With this small body, these types of cat ticks can escape danger very quickly, and once they escape, they’ll be harder to find.

Second, the cause of cat ticks at home is not always related to whether or not you have a pet at home or how clean your home is. Because, in fact, cat ticks can be carried into the home by sticking to clothing worn by humans or by “attaching” to the bodies of other pests, such as rats.

Referring to the facts above, it is important that you take action as soon as possible at the first signs of cat ticks before they become a serious problem for pets and your entire family.

As a professional and trusted cat tick remover in Indonesia, Rentokil offers safe and effective solutions to address the problem of cat ticks. Our certified technicians have a good knowledge of cat tick types and habits and will ensure targeted service to remove cat ticks in your home completely.

Call us at 150808 or fill out the online form to immediately schedule a free cat tick survey in your home today.

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