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A species of flat tick that the adult burrows its head and legs into a host's skin; anchoring it to the host. Once attached to the host it is extremely difficult to remove. Able to regrow its body if removed the only way to remove it is to cut its head out of the host's skin. The ticks reproduce asexually meaning it takes only one to cause an infestation.
If not removed the tick will eat away surrounding skin using their large sucker shaped mouth and burrow deeper as it grows ending at the hypodermis. The tick feeds off blood and fat while excreting a translucent yellow mucus that contains waste, eggs and provides a thick, moist cover over the open wound to prevent infections. When the mucus comes in contact with open skin the eggs will hatch and the larva will burrow into the epidermis. As the tick matures into an adult its abdomen will protrude from the skin and it will begin to excrete mucus. As they reproduce and form clusters they will begin to look like dark red scales giving them their name.
The ticks will grow continuously until it reaches the maximum size it can continuously sustain based on its food source. Areas that have thicker, fattier skin (such as the cheeks, back and belly) will develop larger ticks ranging between 3-6 cm. Thinner skin (Most of the face, joints and shins) will result in smaller ticks ranging between 5 mm to 2 cm. Some skin is too thin, lacks fat or is too hostile for ticks to develop (palms, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, ears, tips and webbing of fingers and toes).
As the infestation worsens completion will increase causing smaller, weaker to disconnect and drop off to look for a new host. If the host is unable to sustain the larger ticks (often from large amounts of weight loss) they will drop off and look for a new host. If the host becomes extremely ill all ticks will abandon the host leaving them partly or mostly skinned, host often dies of infection shortly after.
Hosts containment cells have two rooms; the containment chamber and the decontamination chamber. Mucus and loose ticks are to be cleaned up twice daily and incinerated. Full hazmat suits are required for cleaning and tools must be sterilized after every use. If a personnel becomes infected must be put in quarantine and have the tick removed immediately. If after 5 days there is no sign if farther infestation, they are released. If there is an infestation personnel is terminated and their body incinerated.
Currently studies are being done to find a way to kill larvae in the skin. Any wild infections are to be wiped out as fast as possible to avoid further infection. Areas that have been infected must be cleansed with a controlled fire to eliminate any remaining ticks or eggs. Infestations are rare and must at all costs be kept away from large populations.