Ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are parasites that feed on human and animal blood. In Australia, there are around 70 species found, and 16 species are reportedly feeding on human blood. The two main groups of ticks are: hard and soft ticks
Hard ticks are prevalent in Australia; they have a big hard mouth and pointing teeth. These species are usually said to bite humans the most and live on human blood. Soft ticks are species that are not primarily found in Australia and rarely come into contact with people.
The Ticks have a distinct seasonality; the larvae stage is active in autumn months, the nymph can be seen during winter and the adult during spring. The ticks spread more in the rainy seasons, and this is when you should be more aware from tick bites. The few common varieties of ticks found in Australia are:
The most common of all species is Paralysis tick, it is also referred to grass tick, seed tick and bush tick depending upon the stage of development. Four stages of ticks are the egg, larvae, nymph, and adult.
Paralysis ticks are most common in moist and humid areas, the different stages of a paralysis tick will be seen in different seasons, if you live beside trees and bushy places, ticks can enter your house within some seconds.