What is Tick Season?
Tick season is a specific period of the year when ticks are most likely to feed on human hosts. As parasitic arachnids, ticks utilizes the blood of animals passing on dangerous diseases such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and encephalitis. During tick season, the spread of tick-borne illnesses becomes more prevalent.
When is Tick Season?
The tiny parasites thrive in warm weather and typically emerge in late spring. They remain active until fall. Tick season usually lasts longer in regions with mild winters or those with warmer weather year-round.
To keep ticks away from homes, residents should keep vegetation trimmed short and take steps to curb rodent infestations, since creatures like mice, rats, and squirrels often carry ticks. Family pets should be supervised when outdoors and should not be allowed to roam freely through unkempt woodlands or tall grasses. After spending time outside, cats and dogs should be examined thoroughly for ticks before being let back indoors.
Ticks found on humans or pets should be promptly removed using tweezers. Keep an eye out for any signs of illness or rashes that develop after receiving a tick bite and report to a doctor immediately if such symptoms occur. To ensure the safety of people and pets, homeowners should contact professional pest control services, like those offered by Western Pest, to help eliminate ticks from properties.