Where Do Ticks Live?
Ticks attach themselves to a host then bore into their skin and gorge on blood. As they become engorged, ticks may develop a swollen, gray appearance. Once a tick is fully engorged, they release themselves and molt into the next stage of life, before beginning the process all over again.
Ticks are drawn to moist, shady areas and avoid sunny, dry areas. Since ticks cannot fly like mosquitos or jump like fleas, they have to find ways to attach themselves to a host. They often perch on blades of grass or low-hanging leaves along a path that is frequently traveled. As the host brushes by, the tick clutches onto their hair, skin, or fur. The tick then travels along the host, searching for a suitable location to feed.