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IPM Tactics For Tick Control
Faith M. Oi, Renee Anderson
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Publication Date: 08/10/1997

Ticks are not insects. They are arthropods that are more closely related to spiders. Adult ticks have eight legs while insects have six legs. Ticks are ectoparasites which means that they must have a host for each stage of their life cycle in order to survive and reproduce. The tick life cycle includes an egg, larval, nymphal, and adult stage. The larval stage of the tick has six legs, but when it molts to the nymphal stage there are eight legs. Ticks are more resistant to drying out than other insect pests.