What do tick eggs look like?


Quick Answer

Tick eggs are really tiny and a reddish-brown color. Some ticks lay 2,000 to 18,000 eggs at one time. Other ticks, like soft ticks, lay eggs several times before dying.

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Ticks molt after each blood meal, until they reach the adult stage. Once they reach the adult stage, the male consumes its last meal and then mates with a female. After mating, the male tick dies.

A female adult tick attaches herself to a host and feeds for 24 hours before mating. Once the female tick has mated, she lays her eggs in a protected habitat. Upon hatching, the six-legged larva searches for its first meal, and the life cycle continues.

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