Find out how well you know fleas and ticks


April 30, 2024

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Editor’s Note: Questions for this month’s test were contributed by Greg Baumann; Judy Black, BCE; Foster Brusca; Doug Foster; Paul Hardy; and Mark VanderWerp, BCE. Want to know how you did? The answers are listed at the bottom of the page.

Tech Test Tidbit: Feeding time

Ticks may take 10 minutes to two hours to prepare to feed on an animal or person, depending on the species and its stage of life. When a tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface. Ticks can secrete small amounts of saliva that has anesthetic properties, and as a result, the animal or person is unable to feel that the tick attached itself.

Answers to May Tech Test
1. False, 2. True, 3. False, 4. False, 5. True, 6. False, 7. True, 8. True, 9. False, 10. True

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