Video: Family Forced to Abandon Home Due to Massive Tick Infestation

Posted on January 31, 2012

Here is an incredibly creepy video from Animal Planet about a family that was forced to abandon their home due to a massive tick infestation. The family initially thought the ticks were coming from their dogs, but they were wrong. The ticks were coming from the walls of the house. The house was filled with ticks. The ticks were identified as Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille, known as the brown dog tick. The University of Florida Department of Entomoloy says the tick is unusual in that it can complete its entire life cycle indoors. The ticks are known for explosive infestations in homes. The first sign of an infestation may be ticks seen crawling up a wall or curtain.

Exterminators tried to get rid of the ticks, but when the family returned to the house it was filled with even more ticks. It is pretty clear why the people finally decided to abandon this home. Take a look: