These leathery, oval reddish-brown to dark-brown pests can range in size from 1/16 to 1/8 inch before feeding. Ticks are most likely to be discovered after the host has walked through tall grass or vegetation, especially at the end of summer or in fall. On humans, they are usually found where skin is exposed. On pets, they are most often on the ears or neck. In some instances a rash may break out at the site of the bite.
Treat pets with tick repellents during tick season. Inspect your body and clothing for ticks. Remove ticks by pulling them straight out with tweezers. Do not attempt to remove ticks by using a lighted cigarette, flame, or alcohol.