Ticks Are Gross
But really, who are we to judge? Just because they give us the heebie-jeebies, doesn't mean they're not fascinating little vermin.
Did you know ...
In the spring, female ticks lay several hundred to a few thousand eggs.
"There are an estimated 899 species of ticks in the world, of which over 90 occur in the continental U.S. About 80 species are in the family Ixodidae, known as 'hard ticks', and about 10 species are in the family Argasidae, known as 'soft ticks'."1
Ticks are arachnids! This means that they are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects. Ticks only have six legs during the larva stage, but they have eight at the nymph and adult stages.
Possums eat a remarkable number of ticks!2 We've always felt a certain fondness toward possums.