There is good news when it comes to ticks. They do not jump and they definitely don’t fly. Ticks use other methods to find a host. Ticks have special sensory organs that allow them to smell the carbon dioxide you exhale. They can even sense body odor, vibrations, body heat, and the moisture you breathe out. There are a few types of tick that can even sense when a animal shadow passes by them. Despite all of these amazing sensory techniques, most ticks rely upon their ability to grab onto a host. Using their myriad of sensory equipment, ticks find trails where they know that people and other animals frequent.
Once a suitable location is found, the tick will climb up some vegetation and begin questing. Questing is when a tick uses its bottom four legs to hold onto the vegetation(grass, forbes, shrubs), and uses it other four legs to reach out into the air. The second something comes into contact with their outstretched legs, they grab ahold. Once they get ahold of you, they then wander your clothing until they find a nice area of warm skin. That is when they sink their teeth into you and being to feast upon your blood. So while ticks cannot jump or fly, they are excellent at crawling to places where they can gain access to you, your pets, and any other warm blooded animal.
Are different tick species treated differently for pest control?
Are there tick removal tools?
Are tick bites bad, serious?
Are tick bites itchy, painful, raised, red? How do I identify a tick bite?
Can you spray your yard for ticks?
Do all ticks carry Lyme disease?
Do ticks jump?
Do ticks lay eggs?
Do ticks survive water?
Do ticks survive winter?
How do I get rid of ticks?
How do I identify Lyme disease from a tick?
How do you kill ticks?
How many different types of ticks are there?
Is there tick repellent?
What if my dog has a tick?
What is tick prevention?
What’s the best tick repellent/spray?
What’s the best tick repellent/spray/treatment for my yard?
What’s the tick life cycle?
When is tick season in Pennsylvania? When does it start? When is it over?
Where do ticks live?
Which tick treatment is best for dogs?
Why do ticks bite?
Will ticks die in the wash?
Will ticks die when I shower?