Ticks are not a pleasant subject, but they’re out there.
If you know they are in your area and you've been out hiking, then with your clothes on:
They’re small (from 1 mm to 3 cm). The smallest are similar to the head of pin!
If you should find a tick that is attached, DO NOT douse it in oil, alcohol, or any other substance, as that will cause it to regurgitate - increasing the chance of infection. Use tweezers or a tick-removal tool.
if you suspect a tick has been attached to you for more than 36 hours, and you can identify it as a deer tick, seek a prescription for antibiotics from your doctor.
PREVENTION IN DOGS
Tick & Lyme websites