I despise them. I can say I hate them and I never use that word. But I am so sick of them munching on my children. Erynn has had four ticks this year. Yes, FOUR! I've pulled off three of them, John pulled off one. Well, almost. He left the damn head stuck in her so that was just buckets of fun trying to get it out of her. Poor thing was traumatized. Of course it was the first one which paved the way for Mommy quite nicely. Once I removed the second and showed her how it should have been done in the first place she's been much less reluctant. Now, before you jump to conclusions, I don't let my kids go frolicking off through the woods looking for these stupid things. I have yet to figure out how the heck she keeps getting them. They steer clear of the woods around our house. But they keep finding her!
Moral of the story - please please please check your kids super closely for these damn ticks! I know we never saw the one on Ryan and Erynn, who we've pulled the ticks off of, hasn't had any issues or symptoms but you just never know. It's so damn scary!!!