13 Things You Need to Know About Ticks in Autumn
Leaves are beginning to turn and Halloween is just around the corner. Who knew that Fall is also a time when ticks are active? They are not killed by freezing temperatures and can still be active on days when temperatures are above freezing. Ticks should not just be considered a spring or summer problem...here is what you need to know.
There are four species of ticks commonly found in Maryland and Northern Virginia and all of them are capable of transmitting diseases.
American Dog Tick: This species primarily feeds on dogs and humans. It can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and tick paralysis.
Blacklegged Tick or Deer Tick: This tick is the primary carrier of Lyme disease. Adult ticks will feed during the winter on white-tailed deer. This tick is also a carrier of anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan disease.
Lone Star Tick: This species of tick has a tiny white dot on its back and is linked to ehrlichiosis, STARI, tularemia, and meat allergy.
Brown Dog Tick: Although this tick prefers to feed on dogs, it will feed on humans as well. This tick can spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever, canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis.
Did You Know
- Ticks can lay up to 3,000 eggs at one time
- Ticks will remain active as long as temperatures are above 45 degrees for seven consecutive days
- Female ticks reproduce during the Fall
- Ticks are adapted to feed for long periods of time. Their teeth are curved so they can remain securely attached for days on end to eat.
- Typically a tick requires 24-48 hours of feeding before they can successfully transmit infections like Lyme disease
- They are not insects and are actually arachnids (like spiders and mites)
Protect Yourself and Family
- Wear long pants and long sleeves when outdoors and especially in wooded areas
- Avoid sitting on logs, stumps, or the ground in brushy areas
- Put clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes before washing, to kill any lingering ticks that may be attached to clothing.
- Control the weeds and vegetation in your yard especially around the edges.
- Remove leaf litter
- Avoid overwatering
- Keep bird feeders at the edge of the yard and clean up debris to discourage rodents
The best thing you can do to keep your family safe is to cut down the tick population in your backyard and take measures to help prevent future ones. At BOG Pest Control, we offer tick control services as part of our Yard Protection Program.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.