Habit: Ticks are usually found from ground level to three feet above the ground.
Diet: In its immature stages, the larvae and nymphs feed on small rodents such as rabbits, lizards, and birds. Adults feed on larger animals such as deer, dogs, and humans. In all of the stages, the tick feeds by imbedding its mouth parts into the skin of the host and taking in a meal of blood.
Reproduction: Adult female hard ticks feed only once and lay one large batch of eggs, often containing as many as 10,000 or more. Tick larvae will hatch from the eggs in anywhere from two weeks to several months.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of a tick. The disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium known as a spirochete, which may persist in the human body for several years if not properly treated with antibiotics.