are remarkably well adapted for doing what they do best latch on, hang on, suck blood. First
they saw a tiny slit through the outer skin, using a pair of alternating saw blades called chelicerae,
injecting an anesthetic as they go. The victim usually feels nothing. Next, the tick forces its
multi-barbed hypostome deep into the skin and secretes a sophisticated organic glue thereby locking
itself solidly into place. In terms of removal, the hypostome of a glued-in tick might just
as well be part of your skin.