What Happens To Ticks In Maryland During The Winter?

December 15, 2020

Some of the most dangerous pests in the world are those that drink blood from humans and animals. These kinds of insects often go undetected as they pierce skin and withdraw fluid. When they’re done with you, the only visible evidence you’ll have is a bite that’s really red, swollen, and itchy. That fact is alarming by itself, but there’s further cause to be worried. Since these bugs have so many different hosts, they can spread diseases, which can often be deadly or life-threatening.

a deer tick crawling on a leaf

Ticks are one of many potentially lethal pests that suck blood. It’s a common misconception that these pests die in cold weather. Several remain active; particularly during mild winters in Maryland. Deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks, are especially resistant to frigid temperatures, and are the primary carriers of Lyme disease. Find out how you can prevent these bugs with Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care.

Which Ticks Can Be Out In Winter?

Deer ticks aren’t the only species that might be around after the temperatures drop. American dog and lone star ticks may accompany them. Deer ticks range in size from 1/8 to 1/4 an inch long. When full of blood, the females can extend to nearly 1/2 an inch. They all have brown or red-brown bodies supported by eight dark-colored legs. Their fixation on livestock and deer is where they get their name from, but they won’t shy away from domestic animals and humans.

American dog ticks, sometimes called wood ticks, are about the same length as their deer-focused friends. However, their females can swell to more than 1/2 an inch after feeding. They also have four pairs of legs.

Lone star ticks are known for their distinctive white body streaks. The females specifically have a circular mark on their backs. As with the other two subspecies mentioned, they have four sets of legs and will take blood from humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife.

Two key things to understand about ticks include the following:

Where Ticks Come From

When you and/or your pets are in an outdoor setting, be on alert. Ticks reside in wooded and grassy areas with plenty of shade and humidity, as well as spaces inhabited by animals. They’ll sneakily crawl on you and implant themselves into your skin. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re doing yard work, hiking, or other outdoor activities.

What Illnesses Ticks Transmit

Usually, people don’t feel it when a tick bites them. If you begin to feel unwell, seek medical attention right away. Symptoms include headache, weakness, breathing difficulties, nausea, and fever. Ticks have been linked to ehrlichiosis, tularemia, the Heartland virus, and other potentially fatal conditions.

How Can You Prevent Ticks?

Take these steps to avoid tick populations:

  • Remove organic debris from your yard, and trim the grass regularly.

  • Wear boots, long socks, pants, and a long-sleeved shirt before going to a tick-friendly location.

  • Instantly examine your skin, clothes, and pet when coming in from the outdoors.

  • Use products with tick repellent before heading outside.

  • Discuss tick prevention and treatment with your pet’s veterinarian.

  • Routinely groom your animals and pets.

  • Call Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care if you have other pests that ticks target, like rodents.

What Can Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care Do About Ticks?

Since we at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care have dedicated resources to exterior solutions, we’re the best company to turn to for tick prevention and remediation. We have specially designed treatments that will eliminate these pests, all while preserving vegetation. It will be natural, and safe for humans and pets. Our services are flexible, affordable, and come with guarantees. Call today for a free quote, and learn more about our home pest control and lawn care services.

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