Running into a tick is an inevitable reality if you spend a lot of time in the outdoors in all but the colder areas of North America.
Even then, in recent years, tick ranges seem to have expanded and their “season” seems to have also started earlier.
A bite from a tick is at best scary and annoying, but it also can have much graver consequences.
Ticks are actually arachnids and ectoparasites, meaning they are parasites that feed on their host externally as opposed to internally like a tapeworm would do.
They can carry a host of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and protozoa; depending on where you live, the diseases they can cause vary.
Worse, if they do bite you, the bite can become infected from leftover tick parts.
That means you must remove them from your person as soon as possible and if you get bitten, remove them carefully; the next page shows how.