Appearance: ticks are small flat arachnids. Adult ticks have eight legs. They are often very small and can be a challenge to see. Size: Ticks range in size from small to absurdly tiny depending on species. Infestation Locations: Ticks are widely disbursed around the world. They tend to prefer warm humid climates or microclimates close to their hosts. Certain microclimate features are a good indicator of a high tick population. These are, sandy soil, hardwood trees, rivers and the presence of dear. Risks: The risks associated with ticks are high. Ticks are associated with the spread of several dangerous diseases such as: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Colorado Tick fever just to name a few. Because a tick lives on blood, when a tick bites it can inject the pathogens directly into the blood of the host. About Ticks are arachnids and not insects. They developed during the Cretaceous time period and diversified and spread around the world after the dinosaurs became extinct. They are external parasites needing blood meals to survive. There are about 900 different species of ticks worldwide, and each one is a parasite. Ticks can’t fly or jump, they tend to wait the ends of tall grass and bushes with their front legs outstretched. When a potential host brushes past the tick quickly climbs aboard. Ticks not only pose a risk to humans, but they also infest and infect domesticated animals. Control Immediately contact a doctor if you have been fed on by a tick. For tick removal contact methods contact a doctor. There is a lot of misinformation in circulation regarding proper removal of ticks. Improper removal of ticks increases the risk of infection and complications from that infection. To avoid coming into contact with ticks avoid the following conditions or areas: Grassy or bushy areas along the edge of woodlands and fields especially from March to mid July (in the Utah area other areas may have different peak tick times) Apply tick repellent to clothes before entering tick habitat Wear long pants and long sleaved shirts tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks Wear light colored clothes so you can see and remove the ticks. Conduct tick checks.