Blood sucking arachnids!
There are hundreds of species of ticks that are divided into two basic groups, hard and soft body ticks. Most often the types of ticks that feed on people and pets are hard bodied ticks. The ticks in the photos above are hard ticks that are engorged with blood. Ticks are arachnids, some other arachnids are spiders and mites.
Ticks can be a real problem for both pets and people. Not only are they just plain gross they can also transmit diseases.
Ticks lay 1000’s of eggs!
While the female tick is sucking blood she is bred by a male tick. After she is fully engorged she will drop off the host and then proceed to lay up to 3,000 eggs! Yuck! The eggs can start hatching in 2 weeks to 2 months. These little tick hatch hungry and ready to feed.