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Tick Management In Spring

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Ticks are a year-round problem; but in spring, they tend to be more noticeable.

In the wintertime, ticks usually go dormant as long as temperatures stay below freezing. They will hide underneath firewood and leaves for insulation and warmth until they can latch onto a warm-blooded mammal such as a human, pet or a white-tailed deer. (Fact: Whitetails are the number one carriers of ticks with diseases in North America.)

In springtime, ticks will come out of hiding to find a warm-blooded mammal for their food source. They will usually appear in grasses and wooded areas where they will seek blood from gardeners; campers; hikers and even pets that are spending their warm days outside.

This season, outdoor enthusiasts will need to be reminded of how to remove a tick using tick removal tools. Do not use fingertips or lighters to remove ticks.

While not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, they may carry other life-altering diseases that affect both humans and pets. 

Tick Movement In Winter

Outdoor enthusiasts may be under the impression that once the temperatures drop, and snow is on the ground, that ticks must be a thing of the past - unfortunately, they are mistaken. As long as temperatures stay above freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ticks will remain a concern. In the fall and winter seasons, ticks will [...]

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Pets and Tick Disease

Ticks are most active in the spring and summer months while the weather is warm and people are outside playing with their pets. Although the weather cools down in autumn, tick movement remains a concern in the fall season. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, ticks can spread tick diseases such as Lyme Disease, [...]

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Tick Prevention In Fall

Ticks are most active in the warm months of the year beginning in Spring (March) when people are in the garden or on camp sites and hiking trails. As in spring and summer, ticks continue to hide in the grassy and wooded areas where they can find a warm blooded-mammal to feed. As long as the [...]

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Don't Remove a Tick With Fingers. Here's Why.

A hiker is enjoying the smells of nature of being outside when suddenly a new "birth mark" appears on the skin. It's a tick"Don't panic" one thinks to them-self. The first instinct is to rip the tick off the skin - while begging the "bug" to magically go away. While removing the tick as quickly as possible seems [...]

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