Although most insects stays dormant in freezing weather, disease carrying ticks are far from idle during the winter months. Ticks are still out there looking for a host and you, your dog or cat can be one if you give them a chance.
Unfortunately, ticks can endure temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When the freeze is not deep enough, they don't die off, and become active again when temperatures are above freezing. Ticks have also developed a type of anti-freeze, glycoprotein, to survive the cold. So during a milder winters such as we have had thus far, you need to remain diligent in tick prevention.
Ticks carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia and Babesia. These diseases can significantly affect both humans and dogs. Therefore, even in winter it is important to take preventative measures to stop tick infestation.
Aside from regularly checking the dog for ticks whenever it goes outside you can also count on pest professionals in MA, RI to create a program to protect your family, yard and pets from these threatening pest.
Contact EHS Pest to find out more about tick control.