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My cats are getting TINY ticks, (smaller than a poppy seed),

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My cats are getting TINY ticks, (smaller than a poppy seed), on the outer edges of their ears. They appear in late June and go into August. I have examined them under a microscope - they are not nymphs, they have 6 legs. I have gotten them myself. They are so tiny that it is hard to see them without glasses. Once they are removed, there is a bad, itchy bump there for up to a month. My poor kitties are going crazy. It has become impossible to tell the ticks from the scabs and when I remove one it bleeds and forms new scabs. They are scratching themselves so badly they are bleeding. Please help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Katherine Pepper replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear about your cats. What you describe sounds like "seed ticks"or more properly called tick larvae. These are either Dermacentor variabilis or Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Using Frontline once a month and with continued use should be adequate to remove the infestation.