Are Ticks Out During Cold Weather?

Are Ticks Out During Cold Weather?

It is time for tick season again. Even though it is still cold in many places, all those ticks under the snow or frozen under the leaves are just waiting for a little warm up. Ticks have a devilish adaptation that allows them to be active even in the deep of winter. “They’ve been on this planet for 120 million years. They lived through the ice age,” so the coldest winters don’t stop them says Larry Dapsis, an entomologist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Ticks’ bodies contain glycerol, which is chemically very similar to ethylene glycol, or antifreeze. Ticks can be covered in ice or buried in snow, but when temperatures rise above freezing, they become active again. The only thing that stop ticks from moving is real cold weather and deep snow pack. They will not climb up through the snow.

The Best Tick Protections

As we are all itching to get outdoors this spring, it is essential to protect yourselves from these Lyme’s disease carrying pests. Permethrin-treated clothing and footwear is the most effective at keeping ticks off you. If you are bitten by a tick it is important to remove the tick head and all, because even pulling the tick out with a tweezers or other device can still leave some of the saw shaped mouth parts embedded in your skin. It is essential to remove the whole head of the tick.

The Rid-a-Tick Solution

The Rid-a-tick 3M medical patch is placed on the tick and suffocates it. As it begins to suffocate, it pulls it head out from your skin so it is removed entirely. It is amazing how easy it is to use Rid-a-tick. It is as easy as 1-2-3. Find the tick. Place the patch on the tick. Dispose of the tick. For more information about cold weather ticks, or the Rid-a-Tick patch, visit these links:

Cape Cod Chronicle, Ticks Article

Rid-a-Tick Patch