Pest Guide - Ticks
Ticks are small, very patient and amazing in their approach to locating their host/prey. Their purpose in life like so many species is to propagate their species. They don't feed often, but when they do, they can acquire disease agents form one host and pass it to another host at a later feeding. Their sensory organs are complex and they can determine trace amounts of gases, such as carbon dioxide left by warm-blooded animals and man. They can sense the potential host's presence from long distances and even select their ambush site based upon their ability to identify paths that are well traveled.
Although the number of tick species is in the hundreds, there are relatively few ticks that interact with mankind and domestic animals causing harm.