Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Subclass: Acarina Superorder: Parasitiformes Order: Ixodida Superfamily: Ixodoidea
spent a hundred dollars yesterday on pharma products to lessen Sophia's appeal to parasites. Can humans use Frontline? An off-label use?

A tick will attach itself to its host by inserting its chelicerae (cutting mandibles) and hypostome (feeding tube) into the skin. The hypostome is covered with recurved teeth and serves as a hammer.Wikipedia on ticks…

Author: WmX

I stumbled off the track to success in 1968, started chasing shadows that summer. Since then, In addition to farm-laborer and newspaper photographer my occupational incarnations include dishwasher, janitor, retail photo clerk, plumber, HVAC repairman, auto mechanic, CAT scan technologist, computer worker and politico (whatever it takes to buy a camera.) I am on the road to understanding black and white photography.

4 thoughts on “hematophagy”

  1. There is a Frontline spray that you can use around your ankles and such. Ask you vet. The one who cared for our dogs when we lived in C’ville sold it to us, because we hiked so much and found more ticks on us than the dogs.

  2. Loathsome creatures. Many people I know–self included– now have an exaggerated reaction to tick bites. The bites create a wound that’s harder to heal– an over-reaction to the tick’s saliva, perhaps? Edwin’s b-in-law (a doctor) says that it’s because ticks are “more hateful” now. Works for me.

  3. And before I forget, Deep Woods Off sprayed around the pants legs does a great job of repelling ticks and skeeters!

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