TICKS are blood-feeding parasites that are often found in tall grass and shrubs where they will wait to attach to a passing host. Young ticks have six legs, and mature ticks have eight legs. They vary in size and appearance depending on the species. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as anaplasmosis in cattle and canine jaundice. Frequent grooming and chemicals for control may control the spread of ticks.