Identification: The appearance of unfed adults ticks are tear shaped and about the size of an apple seed. Ticks do not fly nor have the wings to do so and they are flat and oval in appearance until they feed, meaning they’ve had a blood meal. Nymphs and adults will have eight legs, but tick larvae only have six. Ticks can be gray-white, black, brown, reddish-brown or yellowish in color depending on the type of tick. Ticks are capable of biting at all three of their active life stages: larval, nymph and adult.