are small to medium size blood-feeding mites. All
stages except eggs feed on blood and in fact most
stages require a blood meal in order to pass to the
next stage in development. Ticks physically attach
to their host and actual feeding can take many
minutes to several hours. Ticks can transmit a
number of serious diseases while feeding so prompt
removal is extremely important.
look somewhat like spiders but ticks have no
constriction between the "head" and abdomen as is
found in spiders.