Ticks Survive The Snow
You may think that ticks only come out when the warmer weather arrives. That these disease transmitting arachnids are only a threat to us as the temperatures heat up. Well… ticks survive through the winter! Although they are less active and do lay dormant in their preferred habitat of wooded, brushy areas, they are still very much a problem, so it’s important that you take precautions. Especially when it comes to your pets.
Dog owners around New Hampshire are being warned to check their pets for ticks despite the cold weather after a New Boston vet discovered an engorged tick on a dog. Experts say it serves as a reminder that not all ticks die during the winter. Some can even survive in snow. The tick was found by accident when the dog was brought to the vet for an unrelated injury, Brandon Burris of Town and Country Hospital told CNN. “It was actually an emergency situation – the dog had run into a porcupine – we had it under sedation and we found the tick,” he said.
Ticks survive the snow, so tick prevention all year round will help to protect your family and your pets from ticks.
Remember, it’s not just preventing an irritating tick bite on your furry friend. It is protection against Lyme disease.
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is a bacterial illness that can be transmitted to humans, dogs, and other animals by certain species of ticks. It is caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried inside a tick and gets into a dog or person’s bloodstream through a tick bite. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can travel to different parts of the body and cause problems in specific organs or locations, such as joints, as well as overall illness.
If you’ve not yet looked at your tick prevention methods during the winter, then contact us here at Backyard Bug Patrol, where we can give you some advice on the best methods to protect you and your pet through the colder months.