Ticks are small arachnids that are dangerous to humans and pets because they can carry and transmit a number of harmful illnesses, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis. While they are most active in the autumn and spring, they can survive all year long in almost every state in the U.S. But where do ticks live in the winter? And how do they travel to places where they can survive? Here, the MosquitoNix experts answer these questions, and more.
How Long Do Ticks Live?
Ticks live for about three years and their lifecycle has four stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. In order to survive and progress to the next stage of life, they must find a host to feed on for a blood meal. Hosts can include mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. One of the reasons ticks are so aggressive is because they are literally dying to attach themselves to a warm-blooded creature. If they fail to find a host, they will die.
Where Do Ticks Live?
While ticks can be found in all 50 states, not all of those ticks carry harmful germs. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, areas where diseased ticks are most commonly found include the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic, and the upper Midwest, as well as some areas along the West Coast.
Tick like to live in humid and moist environments, such as swamps, beaches, marshes, and wooded and grassy areas. They can also be found in more populated spots like parks, picnic areas, and backyards. Frequently, they hide in damp leaf piles, fallen and low-hanging branches, and overgrown shrubs.
Can Ticks Live Indoors?
Most ticks prefer the outdoors, however some species are known to lay eggs and nest indoors. This is true of the brown dog tick, which is often found in dog houses, kennels, and other structures where our furry friends spend a lot of time. Soft ticks are another type of indoor pest, frequently found in damp indoor spots where mice infestations occur, including rustic wood cabins and sheds.
Where Do Ticks Live in the Winter?
Many species of tick can survive cold weather and do not need to travel to warmer climate to survive. In most cases, they get through the winter by going dormant or latching onto a host. Winter ticks, for example, hatch between August and September and seek out hosts between September and October. They then stay on their host and feed for the duration of the winter.
How Can I Protect Myself Against Ticks?
Because many species of tick are able to live through the winter, it’s important to make sure you’re protected from these pesky pests year round. Working with a professional pest control service is one of the best ways to ensure you and your family are safe no matter what the season. At MosquitoNix, we offer a residential pest control service that covers ticks so you can have peace of mind. A licensed professional will come to your home, perform a comprehensive assessment, and create a treatment plan that’s specific to you and your family’s needs.
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