Peyton with furry family

Question: Are the ticks I’m finding on my pet coming from the trees in my backyard?

Answer: Ticks do not fly or jump. Ticks “quest” for hosts from ground level to about knee level on high grass and vegetation.

Imagine a baby holding out their arms signaling to a loved one that they want to be held. Now imagine a tick doing the same thing waiting for the proper host to come by and latch onto.

We tend to find ticks higher up on our pets because they crawl upward. The most common natural host for ticks (American dog tick) that we encounter are raccoons, skunks, coyotes and untreated domestic dogs and cats. So even if you only walk your pet in your backyard they are always at risk for ticks.