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Ticks are small arachnids found throughout the countryside. They like to live on warm-blooded animals such as sheep and deer.

Tick a small a mite

Ticks tend to be found on heathland and woodland sites but can be found in grasslands as well. They live on warm-blooded animals, where they will suck on the animal's blood, dropping off when they are full.

A small percentage of ticks can carry diseases, some of which can be harmful to humans, such as Lyme Disease.

As part of a national monitoring programme for Public Health England, the Team collects ticks during the summer months and send them off, where they are tested to see if they are carrying diseases.

Find out what to do if you find a tick on you.

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