Ticks found on dog

This week we received more evidence of Spring when a expert report of ticks on a dog was logged. Our own David M found ticks on his dog in Rockaway Township. I am surprised at how early the first report is, but not surprised that we are going to have a very active spring. Ticks will require a blood meal as soon as possible after they ‘awake’ from winter. Ticks normally survive winters hiding deep in the leaf litter. Leaf litter is the name given to the leaves that pile up in the woods year after year not freshly fallen leaves. A good reason not to run, play, walk, rake, or anything else through them without first treating the area. Ticks do not fly, hop, or jump they can only crawl. Ticks will crawl up bushes and trees so they can then drop on a passing mammal unless a mammal walks through the leaf litter. First instar deer ticks, because of their very small size, will attack rodents such as mice, chipmunks, etc. Ticks will infest the ‘edge’ this refers to the edge of a field where the woods start. The end of a yard where the grass meets the wooded area is the sweet spot for ticks. Animals will walk the edge before venturing out into the field or lawn or before re-entering the woods. This behavior provides a attack zone for ticks. This is also the only area that needs to be treated for ticks. Ticks cannot survive one day on a mowed lawn. Applying a pesticide on a lawn for tick control is a waste of material and money, ┬ájust ask the CDC (the Center for Disease Control) they have the research to prove it. Ticks have been found as high as 10 feet up trees in the spring and that makes treating the trees and bushes of the edge from the ground up very important. The fall treatment would concentrate on the ground where the ticks would be going to hide. Pets should restart their monthly tick medication and if your property qualifies you should schedule a tick service.

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