Ticks During Cold Seasons
There are a couple of misbeliefs which surround by ticks but the most popular is that ticks are not dangerous during the cold seasons. Cold weather doesn’t harm ticks!
While most ticks are absent during the colder months, they are just burry themselves into a warm and humid environment, like a pile of leaves. But adults of the black-legged tick are a threat whenever temperatures are above freezing, and the ground is snow- and ice-free.
Among potential targets are:
Be on the lookout for them through late fall. The warmest months are the most common times these tiny, blood-sucking bugs pass on diseases, but in the fall, we need to pay the same attention to tick protection as we do in the warm seasons! This is the period when people think it’s cold enough for ticks so as not to pose a danger, but that’s not the case. The rate of Lyme infections is higher in the fall months. Why? Because we don't pay enough attention to protection! There are more cases of Lyme disease in Autumn than in the entire year because we are not paying enough attention on prevention against them! Prevention is more important than ever at this hard time because symptoms can be mistaken with the current virus. Fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, body aches, headaches, nausea, vomiting -- sounds like the symptoms of the current virus. But actually, it’s Lyme disease! And this year is expected to be an exceptionally bad year for ticks. In fact, because more people are spending time outdoors and, in the wilderness, due to the pandemic, experts fear more people will come down with Lyme disease.
Even though ticks can't be eliminated, knowing where they are likely to spread diseases next could help public health authorities to alert local residents and doctors. Lyme disease is easily treatable with antibiotics if detected early, but if it's missed, the bacterium can spread throughout the body and cause complications ranging from arthritis to neurological complications. And this worst-case scenario is more likely to occur in locales that haven't experienced much Lyme disease or other tick-borne ailments.
Take steps to reduce your chances of being bitten by any tick. Ticks cling to vegetation and are most numerous in brushy, wooded or grassy habitats. When you are outside in an area likely to have ticks (e.g. brushy, wooded or grassy places).
Prevention is important! When you are walking in forests or in highly infected areas take some preventive actions: dress up properly and use tick repellents like Tickless, which is a non-chemical ultrasonic tick repellent.