Ticks are tiny creatures that live in any area with long grass or any kind of vegetation. They do not require heavily forested areas and are now regularly found in urban parks and gardens throughout the U.K., as well as more usual areas in the Scottish Highlands and South of England.
Ticks cannot jump or fly - they attach themselves to animals or humans that brush past them. If the tick bites into the skin, it will feed on the host's blood for a period of time before dropping off.
The majority of tick bites are harmless and will lead to no ill effects, however a small percentage of ticks carry the Borrelia bacteria which is proven to be the cause of Lyme Disease, and it is therefore important to remove ticks safely as soon as possible after being bitten.