Ticks are recognised by a lack of body divisions and 4 pairs of legs, therefore they are not insects. They are separated into two groups, namely hard ticks and soft ticks. Hard ticks have a shield-like flat body, while soft ticks appear raisin-like. They all prefer warmer conditions and are more prevalent in summer.
Ticks are external blood-sucking parasites of medical and economic importance. They attach to the skin of an animal or human by inserting their mouthparts into the skin and begin feeding on the host's blood. The area becomes irritated and red. Ticks have the ability to transmit various diseases to pets, livestock and humans.