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Veterinarian's 5 Scariest and Grossest Tick Stories for Halloween

Reviewed by Dr. Robert M. DuFort, DVM, DACVIM on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Posted September 24, 2015 in A Pet's Life

Ticks marching across a driveway

Ticks are pesky little bugs that carry a variety of diseases that affect both animals and humans. Ticks are almost so common that people forget about them, and the real risks they carry. The truth is ticks are a threat no pet parent should ignore. Don’t believe me? Well, if you’re up for a Halloween fright, check out these freaky tick stories. You definitely won’t be forgetting about ticks after this. Read on, if you dare…

1. The army of ticks
This ‘delightful’ story comes from Dr. Mike Paul, DVM. Over email, he explained that one spring day he and his wife were called by a panicking pet parent who claimed “ticks were attacking her.” The Pauls went to her home and were astonished at what they saw. This woman was not exaggerating, says Dr. Paul. “We were able to see not a lot of ticks, but hundreds of ticks moving like an ancient army across the parking area. I have never seen so many free living ticks in an open environment.”

[Check out Dr. Paul’s article on the summer tick explosion here.]

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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