There are about 200 species of mites in the United States. Here in western New York there are two or three common ticks.
They are often compared to the size of a sesame seed, said Holly Schreiber, chief scientist at the Buffalo Natural Science Society. It has a small head, oval body, and eight legs. Commonly found in tall grass, bushes and foliage.
“If possible, I recommend wearing long sleeves and long pants, and light colored clothing. Ticks are a little more visible in low light,” Schreiber said. “Please take a shower as soon as you come in from outside and be sure to check your whole body for ticks.”
Tick season in western New York usually ends in October, but depending on the severity of the winter, they may be found later in the year.