Where do Ticks Go in the Winter?

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! 

Lyme Disease is on the Rise

Lyme Disease is on the Rise

If you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot of discussion surrounding Lyme disease. The occurrences of Lyme disease, a disease that is spread by ticks, have been steadily rising across the country in recent years. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of actual cases is as much as ten times higher than what is being reported. This is partially because the symptoms of Lyme disease can mimic those of other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose.

Tick-borne Diseases

Tick-borne Diseases

After a long and cold winter, Spring has finally arrived here in New England. Even though we are glad to see the sun and the arrival of warmer temperatures, springtime also means the return of ticks. It’s very likely that you, or someone you know, has found a tick on themselves or their pet, and possibly even contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease, but did you know that ticks also spread several other kinds of illnesses? Read on to learn more: