We recently enlightened you as to where mosquitoes go in the winter, but what about ticks? Most people associate ticks with the warm weather and often take precautions while outside during the spring and summer months. However, ticks don’t actually die out in the winter and, depending on the species, may be active in optimal winter weather conditions.
Do Ticks Hibernate?
Not in the exact sense of the word, but some ticks survive the winter by going dormant. Ticks will hide in piles of dead leaves and in wooded areas during the winter. Snow actually helps to insulate the ticks and keep them warm as they lay dormant. Other ticks will survive the winter by latching onto a host or staying underground in burrows or dens.
Can Ticks Bite in the Winter?
Yes, some types of ticks, like the Blacklegged tick, can be active in the winter if the temperature is above freezing and the ground is thawed. Winter ticks, a specific kind of tick found on moose and some deer, actually hatch in the late summer as temperatures begin to fall, will latch onto a host, and will overwinter on it. Females will leave a host at the end of winter and lay eggs. However, those that do not find a host will die and will not last through the winter.
How Can You Prepare Now?
Spring is right around the corner which means that those ticks that have been lying dormant are ready to rock and roll. Follow these simple tips to prepare you property against ticks:
1. Rid your yard of any leaf litter, weeds, brush, or wood piles
2. Move wood piles away from your house and keep swing sets or toys away from wooded perimeters
3. Keep your pets out of the woods
4. Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our websitefor more information on how we can help!