Life Cycle of Ticks
Egg Stage
Ticks lay eggs in secluded areas of dense vegetation that are several inches high. The eggs take about two weeks to hatch. Adult females of some tick species lay about 100 eggs at a time; others lay 3,000-to 6,000 eggs‑per batch.
Larval Stage
After hatching, the larvae move into grass or shrubs in search of their first blood meal. If you or your pet passes by, they attach themselves and crawl upward in pursuit of an area on the skin to feed from.
Nymph Stage
After this first blood meal, the larvae molt into their nymph stage and begin searching for their next host. Nymphs are the size of a freckle and often go undetected increasing the chance for disease transmission.
Adult Stage
The adult female feeds for 8 to 12 days, possibly increasing its weight 100 times while feeding. While still on the host, the female will mate fall off and lay her egg mass in a secluded place ‑ beginning the life cycle again