Like spiders, ticks are arachnids with eight legs. They live in the vegetation around homes, forests, wood piles, tall grasses and beaches. Their front legs have little hooks that help them attach to their victims. Tick-borne diseases that cause serious health problems in humans are common in the U.S., including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus and Tick Paralysis. They also spread tapeworms. Several species of disease-carrying ticks are found in the Carolinas. During their lifetime, female ticks can lay up to 18,000 eggs. The active season for ticks locally is from early spring to fall, but they can be found at any time of year in vegetation.