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Tick Movement In Spring

Jenn Smith

Posted on February 25 2020

Ticks are a year-round problem; but tick news was light in winter. The reason is that ticks go dormant in winter as long as temperatures remain under freezing. In the winter, ticks hide underneath leaves and fire logs seeking insulation. In the spring, warmer weather brings out ticks from their hiding places where they lurk in grasses and woodland areas. 

Ticks present a problem in spring to outdoor enthusiasts including gardeners; campers; hikers; and walkers/joggers. While not all ticks carry tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, tick bites should not be taken lightly and must be removed immediately. (Here's how to remove a tick from the skin.)

White-tailed deer are the number one carriers of ticks in the United States; and since they are active in spring to find food, they may drop ticks in the yards where children play; pets roll around; and gardeners grow.

For tick management, rid deer by installing a deer fence that is at least 7.5 feet tall.