Attention dog owners: warning of “flying ticks”

  • toLisa Klein


A bite from a “flying tick” is not only unpleasant, but can also be dangerous. Dog owners should pay attention to this with their four-legged friends …

The danger threatens not only animals in lawns, hedges and shrubs, but also from the air: the deer louse fly is also known as a “flying tick” and can be very annoying and dangerous for both dogs and humans. Dog owners in particular should regularly check the fur of their four-legged friends for the pesky insect. But cats, horses, cattle and above all wild animals such as deer, badgers and deer are also attacked by “flying ticks”.

The deer louse, also called the deer louse, is between five and seven millimeters in size and looks like an insect from a horror movie. Unlike ticks, deer flies have wings and can fly – thus they are more mobile, faster than ticks, and have a large host of hosts. After landing, an insect breaks its wings and finds a suitable place for a bite faster than a tick.

Dangerous to dogs and humans: the bite of a deer louse fly is not without danger

Preferably people are flown to the neck. The problem: The deer louse fly often carries a certain bacterium with it, the pathogen Bartonella schoenbochensis, which in the worst case can cause heart disease. It is not yet certain whether this bacteria can be transmitted to humans. In either case, the sting can cause swelling and itching.

Dogs and other animals often develop purulent skin diseases associated with a fever after a bite, which is caused by bacteria. Because the pathogen can be transmitted to dogs. Pain after the bite can be followed by intense itching, as can swelling and inflammation.

So Martin Rotter warns about the deer louse fly on his website. The dog expert offers advice on how dog owners can recognize the warning signals from their four-legged friends: “Dogs bitten by deer flies typically retreat back in panic, toward the tail. Dogs often don’t want to go any further and try Lick and bite their backs.” Dog owners should inspect their fur very carefully.

Attention dog owners: a bite from a deer fly can be dangerous

The deer louse fly can only be removed easily if it has not yet attached itself. Then the insect can be easily combed out with a flea comb. Therefore, the fur of four-legged friends should be examined after each walk. The bite itself lasts about 20 minutes, and about 20 milligrams of blood is absorbed with each bite and causes the back of the body to swell like a tick, which is why deer lice are often confused with ticks.

If you notice a deer louse fly, you should immediately crush or incinerate the parasite just as you would a tick. Otherwise, deer will nest and reproduce quickly. If the injury is severe, Martin Rütter advises bathing the dog – if this does not help or if an infection/inflammation is observed, it is advisable to go to the vet.

“Flying tick”: deer louse is spreading in Germany

Flying ticks are mainly active from July to November. The Academy of Animal Physiotherapy (AKM) Names a big problem in this context: larvae of deer are sensitive to cold and die in winter. Due to the warmer winters in Germany due to global warming, the larvae survive more easily and more deer flies hatch. By the way, the same goes for ticks – especially the alluvial forest tick can be dangerous for dogs.

Unlike ticks, there is no evidence that a deer louse fly can prevent a bite. In order to prevent skin injuries and infections from intense scratching and licking, itching should be relieved by appropriate means, the AKM recommends. If your dog has significant skin irritation in the less hairy areas, ie on the inner thighs or stomach area, a medicated clay pad can provide relief. However, a dermatologist should be checked by a veterinarian.

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