What are ticks?
Ticks are arachnids and are related to mites. Adult ticks have eight legs but the larvae only have six.
Hard ticks or Ixodidae form one of the three families of ticks. They have a prominent capitulum (head) that is distinct from the body, with mouthparts that include the chelicerae to pierce the skin and the hypostome to anchor themselves.
They need a blood meal for each stage of development, often from an intermediate host such as a small rodent. The female ticks lay their eggs after this meal.