Ticks cannot jump; instead, they wait in a position called "questing" to climb onto the host. Using their third and fourth legs, they hold onto leaves and grass. Ticks wait for the host to brush the leaves and then they climb onto the host.
Ticks pick a place to wait where hosts are known to pass by regularly. They find their host by sensing vibration, moisture and body heat. Ticks are also able to detect body odors and the breath of animals. There are certain species of ticks that are capable of recognizing the shadow of a host. After climbing onto the host, ticks tend to look for areas of thinner skin to attach themselves.