Ticks are blood-feeding parasites often found in tall grass and shrubs, waiting to attach to a passing host. To latch onto the host, the tick inserts its mandibles and feeding tube into the skin and sucks away. They are often seen in animals living outdoors, but humans are by no means immune to attracting these parasites. Be careful when removing them! Merely plucking them off the skin may leave their head still in the wound, which could result in an infection.