Ticks are small spiderlike
animals (arachnids) that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin and feed on
blood. Ticks live in the fur and feathers of many birds and animals. Tick bites
occur most often during early spring to late summer and in areas where there
are many wild animals and birds.
Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious
health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it.
Removing the tick's body helps you avoid diseases the tick may pass on during
feeding. Removing the tick's head helps prevent an infection in the skin where
it bit you. See the Home Treatment section of this topic for the best way to
remove a tick.
Read more about tick bites and how to treat them.