(3 minute read: 900 words). Updated Data and Links for 2023.
Are ticks active during fall and winter months?
Here on the East Coast, adult ticks actually become a problem after the first frost. In fact, we can count on seeing deer ticks throughout the winter when there’s no snow cover.
So, we must be just as watchful for ticks in the fall and winter as we are in the spring and summer months.
But apparently, we forget about tick checks once the weather gets cooler. As a result, ticks imbed themselves in our dogs and feed long enough to transmit Lyme disease and other disgusting tick-borne illnesses.
How do we know we pet owners become a bit lax about ticks during fall and winter months? Well, we can thank ourselves and a growing field of research called “Citizen Science.”