Ticks usually attach themselves onto you simply by coming into contact with your skin. This will usually occur as you brush past a bush or in long grass or could happen if you are sat on the ground. It will not jump or fly onto you. They will then crawl across the body until they reach a warm, moist part, which is why they are often found around the armpits, in the hair or around the groin. Once it is attached it will begin feeding on your blood by sinking two small fangs into your skin. They secure this attachment by releasing saliva that works as a kind of cement and ensures they are extremely difficult to remove.
It is recommended that if you find you or your pet has a tick that you seek professional help to remove it, either in the form of a doctor for yourself or a vet for your pet. This is to ensure that half the tick or the tick’s ‘fangs’ are not left in your skin. If they are left there they have the potential to cause infection and there are also some serious illnesses that can be caught. There is also the possibility of simply pushing any blood that the tick has removed back into your own body when it will then be mixed with any diseases the tick was carrying and the saliva is used to attach itself. The doctor will probably need to give you medication to prevent Lyme Disease which can be spread through ticks.