About 1,000 cases of tick-borne diseases are reported in Minnesota every year. Come springtime, we’re inundated with public service announcements warning us about the dangers of deer ticks and tick-borne illnesses. We’re reminded to wear long clothing, use tick repellants, avoid wooded areas or tall grass, and to do a full body check. But how do the seasons affect tick populations besides determining when they appear or disappear? And will treating your property to prevent ticks do more to protect you and your family?
When to be concerned about ticks?
Ticks are active and feed throughout the season beginning from late spring and well into early fall. However, tick populations are the most concentrated during the spring and therefore more likely to encounter a tick. Springtime for ticks like many other animals is when eggs laid in the fall hatch and nymphs emerge.
Do you need to be treating your property to prevent ticks?
The preferred habits for ticks are wooded areas, swampy areas, along the edge of wooded areas, tall brush or grass and on the underside of leaves; essentially, any area that provides shade and prevents water loss. Unless your home is surrounded by any of these environments or you have pets that like visiting the outdoor, there’s little need for concern. However, if you do find your home surrounded by any of the aforementioned habitats, it is highly recommended that you have your property treated, especially during the spring and fall when tick populations are highest.
We often think of humans and pets as the ones picking up a hungry tick from the outdoors, but we tend to forget that other animals are often vehicles in which these bloodsuckers are using to move around. Frequently, home intruders such as mice are often the vehicle of choice for young and developing ticks.
During Spring to deal with ticks hitchhiking on mice, our experts will place tick tubes in and around areas that mice frequent. These tick tubes can be bought over the counter or DIYed.
If you’re concerned about ticks and are unsure where to start, don’t be afraid to consult an expert. Want more information on ticks? Learn more here!