What are Ticks?
A parasitic arachnid that attaches itself to the skin of a terrestrial vertebrate from which it sucks blood, leaving the host when sated. Some species transmit diseases, including tularemia and Lyme disease.
- For an ecosystem to support ticks, it must satisfy two requirements: the population density of host species in the area must be high enough, and humidity must be high enough for ticks to remain hydrated.
- Ticks unable to find a host to feed on will die.
- Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals' breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture and vibrations.
- Often mistaken for Brown Dog Ticks.
- Virtually painless bites.
- Known to carry Lyme disease.
Brown Dog Ticks
- Capable of laying thousands of eggs on any surface.
- Transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever.