Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals and people and their bites can cause very serious conditions if left untreated, including Lyme disease.
They can be found throughout the year but are most active between spring and autumn so be careful when walking through fields or woodland.
Damp, shady dense vegetation, dead leaves or long grass provide the perfect habitat, near to deer, small mammals or wild birds.
Ticks don’t jump or fly but climb onto people or animals as they brush past. They bite into the skin to attach themselves and then start feeding on the blood of their new host.