Contrary to popular belief, ticks aren't like fleas; they can't jump or "bounce" onto their prey. In fact, ticks can't fly, run, jump, or even climb particularly quickly. And yet, as you probably know all-too-well, ticks get by finding prey just fine anyway. All of this begs the question: how do ticks find you, anyway?
For ticks, hunting (or "questing") is all about finding the right opportunities. They just wander to a good hunting site and... wait. When prey finally passes near them, they simply climb aboard and cling on. If it all sounds awfully convenient to you, we get it. How do ticks always find the right place to "just wait" anyway? The answer to that question is a little more complicated... and creepy. This video explains:
Worried about ticks? After watching this video, we don't blame you! If you're outdoors at all this summer, ticks will know where you are at one point or another. It's unavoidable. What you can avoid is becoming a tick's meal. Now that you know where they hunt, you can take steps to make sure they can't climb onto you.
Is your tick problem a little closer to home? That's nothing to panic about, either! Just get in touch with Plunkett's any time. We can help make sure ticks can't find you or "quest" after you on your property this summer. Next time you find yourself worrying ticks, stop worrying and reach out now.