Ticks in Winter

Ticks in Winter

Nobody wants to think about ticks but that’s exactly why you should start paying attention to them as winter marches into spring.

Believe it or not, blacklegged (deer) tick adults are not killed by freezing temperatures.   If you are working or recreating outdoors in winter, check the ground to see if it’s unfrozen and check the temperature to see if it’s about freezing.

If your answer is yes to both, you may be at risk for a blacklegged tick encounter.

If you never had your yard sprayed for ticks, you can schedule your first treatment as soon as the snow is gone and the ground is unfrozen.  Tick activity increases from March to May with May, June and July being most problematic.

Ticks generally perch on the tips of long blades of grass or shrubs with their forelegs outstretched.  When an animal brushes past them, they let go of the plant and climb onto the host to feed.   Other than high grassy areas, you can find ticks in wooded area, leaf piles, fallen and low hanging branches and overgrown shrubs. Ticks are most commonly known to bite livestock, deer, raccoons, mice, squirrels, people, dogs and cats.

Unfortunately, there is evidence that we can’t let our guard down during any time of year and yes, you can get Lyme disease in the winter months.