Ticks are actually arachnids like spiders. They can be found throughout the world, especially in warm, humid climates. Like mosquitoes, ticks are bloodsucking creatures that are known to transmit diseases like Lyme Disease. The most common species of ticks here in Wisconsin are the deer tick (aka – the blacklegged tick), the wood tick, and the dog tick.
Unlike insects, ticks have 4 pairs of legs and no antennae. They are usually brown, red, black, or a combination of such in color. They range in size from 2-5mm depending on the species and the amount of blood they’ve consumed. Ticks are most active from early spring to early fall. Like mosquitoes, population levels of ticks are weather dependent, particularly based on the winter season.