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Hi Kevhoglet

It is quite normal for hogs to have some parasites and a few ticks isn’t normally a problem for them, especially if you are supplementary feeding. If there are only a few, I would leave the hog alone. Not only is it stressful for hogs to be caught, but also if the whole tick is not removed the area can become infected. They will drop off after a while.

If the hog becomes heavily infested, it’s different as then too much blood could be sucked from them. It also might be a result of an underlying problem. In that case I would be inclined to contact your local hog rehabilitator (contact details available through BHPS) to ask for help and get the hog checked over. They will be expert at removing ticks, so more likely to get the whole tick out.

If the hog is an occasional over-day tenant of any hog house you may have, it might be a good idea to clean it out with boiling water to make sure any eggs are killed. Do not disturb a nest if there is a hog in residence. Also and especially do not disturb a nesting female as she may desert or eat the babies if they are tiny.

Good luck