Be Aware of Ticks When Strolling through the Park
Ticks are blood-feeding arthropods distributed worldwide. They feed on different animal hosts, including humans. Tick bites are unnoticed by the host since tick saliva contains molecules that prevent inflammation and pain. This camouflage allows ticks to feed for several days without alarming the host. A major problem is that ticks transmit pathogens while blood-feeding. This report provides basic information on tick evolution, anatomy, life cycle, transmitted diseases and how to prevent tick bites.