Tick Notes

WINTER TICK ACTIVITY: Why you SHOULD keep up with your tick prevention.

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Blacklegged female deer tick

Can't believe TICKS might still be active in winter? Well, BELIEVE!!

Blacklegged (deer) tick adults are not killed by freezing temperatures. Even in the coldest regions of North America, these ticks can still be active on days when temperatures are above freezing. But here's the deal; it's most likely to happen if the ground is thawed AND the temperature is above freezing. Deer ticks sitting for a time on a block of ice (or frozen ground) just can't muster the energy to move their muscles. Warm them up, even just a little, and watch out...they're good to go. And they will, too.

Loaded with pathogens, especially in the Northeast and Upper Mid-West, adult stage female deer ticks can give you Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and possibly relapsing fever borreliosis or a deer tick virus. Always do a quick TickCheck daily, especially from your waistline and up – front and back. In one study, 63% of adult ticks were found attached on the head, neck and upper torso. While their preferred host may be white-tailed deer, they'll latch onto people and pets as well.

To avoid an unexpected tick bite while working or recreating outdoors in winter, check the ground to see if it's unfrozen and check the temperature to see if it's above freezing. If you answer yes to both conditions, then you may be at risk for a tick encounter. So, be sure not to forget about being TickSmart, even in winter.

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