White, red or black: the color can indicate different types of ticks. © pixabay
Many people know ticks as black lumps, which are responsible for all kinds of infections. But they are also available in other colors. But are they more dangerous?
Anyone who has ever come into contact with a tick will not forget the sight of it in a hurry. After all, the nasty bloodsucker is very stubborn and must be carefully removed with tweezers or the like.
Red, black or white: this is what the colors of the ticks mean
But fortunately, a tick is quickly recognizable on the skin - it usually glows black to reddish. This is the most common tick species in Germany: the common wood tick. It is said to have received its Latin name "Ixodes ricinus" because it looks similar to castor seeds.
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But sometimes a white or silver pest comes under the lens. This often seems much larger than a "normal" tick. But does this also mean that a white conspecifics is more harmful to health?
The fact is: In most cases, a white tick is not another exotic tick species in this country. Instead, the color indicates that the parasite is oversaturated. When she has sucked enough blood, her body not only gets bigger, but also changes color from reddish-brown/black to silvery-white.
White ticks: when they are dangerous
When the tick finally swells to a size of up to three centimeters and is full, the time has come when it lets go of its host. In males, this can happen within a few days, while in females it can take up to several weeks.
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If successful, the former fall into a deep hibernation, which can last for several years. The females, on the other hand, hide to lay thousands of eggs. Good to know: Their larvae can also look whitish.
Otherwise, the eastern bush areas of Australia are home to a species of white tick, which has a light color. However, their saliva or poison can even be fatal.
Also interesting: That's why you should see a doctor immediately if a tick bite itches.
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