Health Tick egg question

skwentnaflyer

Veteran Member
I found an engorged tick that must have fallen off one of the dogs---problem is, I found it by stepping on it. Took me a little while to find the remains, meanwhile I'd been trying to figure out which dog was bleeding, and tracking it around the kitchen while doing so.
My question, it popped on a rug--are there likely to be viable eggs left behind? I sprayed everything down with vinegar, but I'm wondering if I should just burn the rug?

I did look carefully, but I'm not sure I would see them, FB posts notwithstanding.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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I wouldn't worry about it. The female starts laying eggs 3 days after her blood meal, which implies they wouldn't be mature enough to be viable immediately after she drops off the dog.

If you're really worried about it, I suspect using a hair dryer on the spot where she was squashed woul kill any live eggs... they don't tolerate extreme heat.

Summerthyme
 

Night Owl

Veteran Member
I wouldn't worry about it. The female starts laying eggs 3 days after her blood meal, which implies they wouldn't be mature enough to be viable immediately after she drops off the dog.

If you're really worried about it, I suspect using a hair dryer on the spot where she was squashed woul kill any live eggs... they don't tolerate extreme heat.

Summerthyme
Thank you so much. I’ve lived in rural country most of my life, but never dealt with ticks before until this weekend when we were walking some new land and it was intimidating to think I don’t know what to do.
 
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