(Swipe to see photos) Let me clarify tick paralysis. Yesterday I posted a video and people seemed a little confused even though I put an explanation under the video. Tick paralysis is caused by a neurotoxin transmitted in the saliva of a tick that is attached. It is not cause by any type of virus or bacteria it is strictly a toxin produced in the salivary gland of the attached tick. Females are the only ones that will attach for an extended period of time. The two ticks most commonly associated with North American tick paralysis are the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) and the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). They need the blood meal to produce eggs. Nymphs (seed ticks) and males will feed but do not stay attached for an extended period of time. If the female tick is allowed to feed for 5-7 days or longer the risk of tick paralysis in greatly increased for the organism it is attached to because this is when a large of amount of toxin is produced. Ticks often go unnoticed on humans if they are attached to the head (scalp). If a person has long or thick hair that can cover it and are usually identified once the female has been feeding a few days she becomes engorged. On pets the ticks can be attached and go unnoticed in between toes, under flappy ears, long fur, arm pit area, under collar etc. That is why it is really important to check yourself and your pets when you return home from a day in the woods or tick infested areas (overgrowth). Once the tick is removed symptoms of tick paralysis should go away in a few hours to days. There are other tickborne diseases that can still be transmitted like lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, encephalitis, rocky mountain spotted fever etc. they too can have similar symptoms so its best if you find a tick attached that is engorged you get tested for other diseases especially if you are having symptoms. #urbanfarmsista #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #ticks #tickseason #acari #entomology #entomologist #blacksinagriculture #blackentomologist #tickparalysis

(Swipe to see photos) Let me clarify tick paralysis. Yesterday I posted a video and people seemed a little confused even though I put an explanation under the video. Tick paralysis is caused by a neurotoxin transmitted in the saliva of a tick that is attached. It is not cause by any type of virus or bacteria it is strictly a toxin produced in the salivary gland of the attached tick. Females are the only ones that will attach for an extended period of time.  The two ticks most commonly associated with North American tick paralysis are the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) and the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). They need the blood meal to produce eggs.  Nymphs (seed ticks) and males will feed but do not stay attached for an extended period of time.  If the female tick is allowed to feed for 5-7 days or longer the risk of tick paralysis in greatly increased for the organism it is attached to because this is when a large of amount of toxin is produced. Ticks often go unnoticed on humans if they are attached to the head (scalp). If a person has long or thick hair that can cover it and are usually identified once the female has been feeding a few days she becomes engorged. On pets the ticks can be attached and go unnoticed in between toes, under flappy ears, long fur, arm pit area, under collar etc. That is why it is really important to check yourself and your pets when you return home from a day in the woods or tick infested areas (overgrowth). Once the tick is removed symptoms of tick paralysis should go away in a few hours to days. There are other tickborne diseases that can still be transmitted like lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, encephalitis, rocky mountain spotted fever etc. they too can have similar symptoms so its best if you find a tick attached that is engorged you get tested for other diseases especially if you are having symptoms. #urbanfarmsista #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #ticks #tickseason #acari #entomology #entomologist #blacksinagriculture #blackentomologist #tickparalysis