The tick is a small arthropod, related to mites and spiders. It thrives in shady, damp places, like hardwood forest with dense undergrowth. The tick lives 2-3 years and develop from a few tenths mm larvae of 3-4 mm as an adult. Tick undergoes three different stages in their development. From larva to nymph and then adult ticks. In each stage it needs to suck the blood.
When the tick is active it is sitting in the vegetation, 10-20 cm from the ground and waiting for a suitable animal to pass. Host animals are especially mice and voles but also large mammals and humans. Ticks lack eyes. When it detects motion in the vegetation, carbon dioxide or smells it grabs the fur on his passing victim.