Annoyance factor: 9
Favorite hangouts: Grasses, shrubs, your delicious epidermis.
Most annoying when: You're splayed out on the lawn, sunbathing and reading a good book.
Annoying, associated diseases and afflictions: Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, relapsing fever and more.
Repulsive eating habits: Baby ticks can be infected with pathogens by their mama while still inside of the ovary. This means that little ticks can be ripe with infectious diseases before they even attach themselves and suck the blood from their first unwilling host. Thanks, Mom!