Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. Ticks various in color by species. Adult ticks can be so small over 1 cm long, while tick larvae can be less than 1 mm. As they take in more blood, ticks grow. Ticks have eight legs. They are related to spiders. The different kinds of ticks can range in color from shades of brown to reddish brown and black.
There are two types, hard and soft. Hard ticks (family Ixodidae) have a
smooth, hardcover that shields the entire back of the male but only the
anterior portion of the back in the female. Soft ticks (family Argasidae) lack
this shield. Ticks are visible to the human eye. A hard tick can be seen on the skin,
where it burrows into the outer layer with its knife like tongue;
it must be removed from your skin with care. Soft ticks do not bore into the skin.
The two varieties carry different diseases but both thrive in the spring and
early summer and inhabit wooded areas, brush, or grass.
Tick bites are often harmless, in which case they don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. However, ticks can cause allergic reactions, and certain ticks can pass diseases onto humans and pets when they bite. These can be dangerous or even deadly.