Ticks are hematophagous ectoparasites. They live off the blood of mammals and birds. The preferred host of the brown dog tick is the dog, which is often the source of infestations in the home. These ticks rarely attack humans, but don’t make the mistake of getting rid of your pet because these ticks might choose you for their next meal!
Ticks use special mouth parts to embed themselves in the skin, making them difficult to remove. They are often found in wooded areas, especially in the tall grass of the undergrowth, but they also hide in fields, clearings, and even the lawn. Basically, any place with tall grass is a haven for ticks. Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t jump; they hide in the tall grass and grab onto animals passing by.