icks a summer problem.
but quite simply ticks should be considered as a year round health threat and autumn is a major tick season.
Where are the ticks hiding during fall?
hide in the leaf litter present in the wooded or brushy areas they tend to populate. Leaf piles and leaf mulch should not be allowed to accumulate. Some ticks hatch their eggs in Fall and seek a host. Female ticks often lay eggs in dry brush and leaf mulch and can deposit up to 3000 eggs in their breeding cycle.
Ticks are a year round problem in many regions. While ticks may be more active in Spring and Summer, they may be active in some climates and environments much of the year.
How can you protect your dog from ticks in the fall?
Check your dog for ticjs regularly. According to some experts ticks in Fall are larger and easier to see and remove.
Use tick preventives year round. Just a few warm days or a location in the yard that is protected from frost can allow ticks to persist even in the winter.
Check the maps. Learn about tick activity in your area with these pet health network maps.
Leaf piles even when covered with snow can serve to protect ticks. When snow falls, it only serves to insulate the dormant ticks, which are protected by the layer of debris. Piles of leaf mulch are in fact a perfect home base for ticks to over winter.
Regardless the season, ticks can transmit a number of diseases to pets and people.
Although people are most familiar with Lyme Disease, other tick transmitted diseases are becoming more common. Ask your veterinarian about Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spoted Fever as well as Lyme Disease.
[CJ1]Can you find out which ticks are more active and where?
[CJ2]Maybe a little about tick behavior here ( how they hunt)