Do Ticks Lay Eggs on Dogs? {What Do They Look Like?}

Do you know that ticks can lay thousands of eggs at once? Do Ticks Lay Eggs on Dogs?

Where does a tick prefer to lay eggs? Is the body of a dog a safe place for tick eggs to develop? How do you prevent this from happening?

In this article, we’ll find out if ticks lay eggs on dogs.

Do Ticks Lay Eggs on Dogs?

Yes and no. A female tick is opportunistic and looks for the most ideal location to lay her eggs. Most of the time the ideal location to lay eggs are in cracks or crevices low to the ground.

There are instances of female ticks laying eggs on the host’s body. These eggs hatch into larvae and then grow into adult ticks. The entire process occurring on the back of a dog is unlikely.

Do Ticks Lay Eggs on Their Host?

The purpose of a tick is to feed off of a host and gain enough strength to begin mating or breeding. When a tick completely detaches itself from its host, the reproduction process can begin.

Ticks do not prefer to lay eggs directly on a host. Although it is possible, they would prefer to crawl off or drop off the host and find a safer spot to lay her eggs.

Sometimes this can be on your dog’s bed. Inspect all cracks, crevices and warm or moist locations around your home for a cluster of tick eggs.

How Do I Get Rid of Tick Eggs on My Dog?

The best way to get rid of ticks on a dog is to use fine point tweezers. Try not to tear the tick off rapidly because you may spread the infection of the bite. Use both hands to spread apart your dog’s fur.

Now that you have spotted the tick, begin to grasp it with the tweezers and pull gently in an upward motion. Do this in a slow and steady way to ensure that the entire body of the tick is released.

What Do Tick Eggs Look Like?

Tick eggs remain motionless in large clusters. They are brownish or red in color and appear to be translucent as well.

The cluster of eggs are called a brood and they look like caviar. A female tick is able to release thousands of tick eggs at once.

What Does a Tick Look Like After It’s Been on a Dog for a While?

Since there are many species of ticks ranging from minuscule sizes and round or oval shapes, it is hard to describe them with a single set of adjectives.

Look for flat, small,  black or oval ticks that latch onto dogs. A tick that has been on the back of your dog for quite a while will expand in size. The back of the tick may look as large as a coffee bean.

Another description for a tick that is swollen is a wart on a dog’s fur. Look closer and you will be able to notice that there are legs sticking out of this wart.

This is not a skin problem, it is rather a parasite that is feeding off of your canine companion.

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Can Tick Eggs Live In Your House?

Yes. Ticks can survive in homes during warm and humid seasons. They may find a place to burrow in your home that is comfortable and humid.

A tick would prefer to hide or feast off of its host including people or pets. The easiest time for them to do so is when we are asleep.

A tick is able to reproduce and lay eggs inside your home. This is why it is important to inspect our homes for ticks and apply preventative techniques to keep them away.

Some examples include boric acid or diatomaceous earth being sprinkled in cracks or corners of the home to prevent tick infestations.

What Kills Tick Eggs?

Tick eggs are tough and durable. They can survive for long periods of time without being noticed. They grow up to become larval ticks and eventually adults.

Killing tick eggs should be done by using gloves or tools to lift them and carry them over to a container where you can soak them in rubbing alcohol or bleach. This is the fastest way to kill tick eggs.

You do not wish to flush them down the toilet. If they hatch and survive in water,  they can crawl back out of your toilet. Ticks can survive submerged underwater for many days. This includes their eggs.

Do Ticks Eventually Fall off Dogs?

Yes. Ticks will drop off of a dog after they have finished feasting. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. During this time they can create a lot of damage.

Ticks are capable of transmitting diseases. One such disease is Lyme disease. This is why it’s important for us to inspect our animals and make sure that ticks are not burrowed in their fur.

The longer a tick is attached to the body of your dog, the greater the risk that they have transmitted a disease. We should not wait for it to take to naturally fall off of a dog.

Our first measure of defense is washing our dogs with flea and tick shampoo then using a flea and tick collar or a monthly dose of flea and tick medication.

How Long Does It Take for a Tick to Lay Eggs?

A female tick that is full after gorging on a host for a lengthy period of time is finally ready to lay some eggs. When we say some, we actually mean thousands of tiny brown or red looking legs.

They resemble caviar but the larvae that will grow out of the eggs will form six legs and become seed ticks. The entire process takes about 9 days to 2 months for the eggs to hatch.

During this time, the location where the eggs are located must be safe and secure. A crevice or a crack in the wall is a perfect spot for a tick to lay her eggs inside your home.

The back of your dog is not an ideal location. A tick would not prefer to lay any eggs on a host. After attaching itself and feasting for quite a while, it’s time to detach, drop-off and look for a better location to lay eggs that may take up to two months to hatch.

How Long Do Tick Eggs Survive?

Tick eggs are laid in a clump or cluster of 1-3000 in number. These eggs take anywhere from 9 days to 60 days to hatch.

The larvae can survive up to 8 months without any water or food. The conditions must be ideal. The surrounding temperature should be above 35 degrees Fahrenheit and preferably moist or humid.

Where Do Ticks Hide on Dogs?

Text will obviously hide in places where they prefer to not be found. They can get creative by looking for spots on your dog that either hard-to-reach or hard to see. They may even crawl in between the toes of a dog.

Look underneath the dog’s foot, near the pads to see if there are any ticks hiding. One of the most popular areas is behind the neck of a dog where they cannot reach it.

This is the same area where we apply flea and tick medication such as Frontline. We do so in this area because a dog cannot lick it off.

A tick uses the same strategy. Spread apart the fur of your dog and preferably use a flashlight to inspect all areas for sneaky ticks that wish to remain unfound.

How do I Kill Tick Eggs?

If you want to kill all the eggs and larvae, the best method is to dust your home or surrounding area with boric acid or a botanical pesticide on your lawn. EcoSmart is one such brand of pesticide.

Another aspect of clearing your space in or out of your home is to manage all moisture and humidity.  It is possible create dry and sunny locations surrounding your property that ticks hate.

Also plant plenty of herbs and flowers that ticks cannot stand the scent of. Some examples include marigold, rosemary, mint, lavender, eucalyptus and chrysanthemum.

Diatomaceous earth inside the home also worked as well as boric acid. The aim is to dry out ticks and their eggs that need moisture to survive.


Ticks do not prefer lay eggs on a dog. We have noticed tick eggs on a dog bed before, but this is also rare.

The fact is that a female tick who is healthy and well-fed will aim to find a protected area that is dark, humid, out of reach and stable to allow for the 9-60 day period to go by safely while the eggs develop and eventually hatch into seed ticks or tick larvae.


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