Ticks in the Winter
We hear more about ticks in the spring and summer months; but rarely do we hear about tick activity in the winter. Do they die? Do they move elsewhere?
While ticks are most active in the warmer months, they are still active in the winter if temperatures rise above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). In the winter, ticks will seek warmth by attaching to a warm blooded mammal, such as a dog or cat, and feed off them. They will also seek shelter underneath leaves and logs - which is why it is highly suggested that homeowners do not move firewood close to the home to avoid ticks wandering into houses.
Because temperatures fluctuate in the winter, it is advised that pet owners check pets for ticks and safely remove the tick with a tick removal tool.
Some types of tick species, including the Eastern Black-legged Tick, remain active year-round. Keep close watch of ticks on pets when they come inside from playtime.
- Jenn Smith