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Ticks lay eggs by getting fully engorged on blood, climbing up a tree, shrub or building, and laying between 1,000 and 3,000 eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the ticks will look for an animal to fall onto and feed on. Find out more about the tick life cycle... View Video Transcript
Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida, and I've been asked, when do ticks lay eggs. Well ticks go through an actual process that has to be followed precisely in order for a tick to go ahead and lay those eggs. The main thing that has to happen for a tick to lay eggs, is that a tick has to have a blood meal. So now what happens is a tick can either drop or fall on you or me or even one of your pets and it will actually embed its head into your skin a little bit, and it will suck your blood until it's fully engorged. Once engorged, that tick will actually come out of your skin and drop on the ground and will crawl either up the side of the building or up a tree or a branch or a shrub, and that's where it's going to lay its eggs. When it lay its eggs, it's going to lay over 1 to 3 thousand eggs at one time. And that eggs, once they all hatch, they're what we call, anti gravity pest, meaning that the first thing they do when they hatch is they go up, they crawl up, they go onto the edges of branches and leaves, and as you or me or a pet or dog or something like that might come by, they'll fall onto the pet, and then they'll actually bury themselves on the skin of the dog or pet and that's where they'll live as they grow, and what they're doing is they're feeding on the blood. So that's how ticks get on you and me, and that's what it takes, is a blood meal, for a tick to go ahead and lay eggs. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida, and I hope you have a pest-free day.