Tick Exposure Can be Fast

FAIRFAX, Va. (June 23, 2014) – According to a professor at Kansas State University, in some areas of the country the tick population is so high that a person could pick one up within one minute of being outdoors.

Tick perch on tall grasses and bushes, waiting for a potential host to walk by. When a tick latches onto a host, it instinctively craws toward the head of its host. It's believed that this is because the skin around the head and neck is thinner.

Tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, Heartland virus, Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.