All ticks crawl up after latching on. If you're lucky, they might crawl up the outside of your clothing. Tiny nymph-stage deer ticks loaded with pathogens most commonly latch on to your shoes -- and they crawl up -- UNDER your clothes. Tucking pants into socks is a classic, "unfashionable", strategy for keeping ticks from crawling up under your clothes. An easy and reliable way to prevent tick bites every day is simply to wear tick repellent clothing. It makes tick bite protection as easy as getting dressed in the morning!