Can you squish a tick?

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  1. This article made me aware of just how dangerous those tiny little bloodsucking actually are to both my dog and myself. Thank you for this very informative article, for it is good information to know and had some very strong points that people don’t usually hear about. It made me more cautious and aware of the dangers to the point that I will check myself and my dog regularly. So thank you.

  2. I hate ticks, they are dangerous for people but also for animals. An excellent and educational article. Thanks!

  3. Excellent article! Interesting and easy to understand. I found the numbing saliva and their survival rate most incredible. Also, that Guinea fowl eat them (nothing else???). There seems to be a bumper crop of ticks here in SE Wisconsin this year. I would run my pets to the vet to have them removed but with so many incidents, I had to learn how to deal with those tenacious critters myself.
    I would like to know what does a tick do that has had his fill of blood? Does it release off the victim? Hang on and just hang out until discovered and removed? Would a tick just hang on a host for its entire life?
    Also, where do ticks get these diseases they can potentially pass on?
    Thank you!

    1. @Asha,

      Ticks are in Thailand and yes they are dangerous. Ticks are spreading worldwide along with lymes disease.

  4. How soft are soft bodied ticks, Ornithodoros hermsi (possibly)? I think May have been bitten by one today while on a hike. I had part of a body (from either a soft bodied tick or spider) on the cuff of my white sweater. I’m not sure where it came from or when it ended up on the cuff of my sweater. Anyhow, I wiped it off with a paper towel and it easily squished and appeared to have blood in it. I’m trying to figure out if it was more likely a spider than a soft bodied tick but I can’t find a definitive answer about how easy is is to squish a soft bodied tick. Does it take any effort at all to squish a soft bodied tick? Are they really delicate?

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