Don’t panic; seed ticks aren’t a new species of tick you need to worry about. Instead, a seed tick is actually the larvae stage of regular ticks, hatching from the eggs of an adult female.
Although these tiny pests are only about the size of a poppy seed, they can still bite and attach to a host. Knowing the signs of seed ticks is just as important as recognizing adults.
HOW TO IDENTIFY SEED TICKS
Seed ticks hatch and then immediately try to find a host, feeding on the first acceptable host they find. These baby ticks are tiny and look like seeds with six legs, hence the name.
Appearance and BehaviorFemale ticks lay eggs in large numbers, but this varies depending on the species.
Lone Star ticks can lay egg masses that include thousands of eggs at a time.
Once attaching to a host, seed ticks will remain for several days. Sometimes, a seed tick will reattach itself to the same host after reaching the nymph stage.
Some ticks even remain attached to the same host throughout their entire lives. These ticks can survive for long periods of time without food, making them incredibly dangerous and resilient.