Ticks are Continuing to Linger in the Northland
Warmer Fall Temperatures are Allowing Ticks to Latch on Longer
Unseasonably warmer temperatures have blanketed the Northland over the past few weeks as we head further into fall.
Experts say the mild weather is giving life to a new batch of ticks across the Twin Ports.
There are nearly 850 species of ticks, some which are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme Disease.
Michelle Sternberg with Animal Allies in Duluth says ticks typically hatch in the spring, lingering throughout the summer and then dying off as fall creeps into the area.
However, the warmer temperatures are allowing a longer time for them to feed and reproduce before hibernation.
“It’s been a warmer year, it’s the third week in October, and they are kind of feeding and getting ready to go into hibernation for this coming winter, so that’s why you’re really kind of seeing this influx of ticks coming out of the woodwork right now,” Sternberg said.
If you notice a tick on your pet, safely remove it, monitor the area and make sure no skin irritation occurs.
If you do notice something, Sternberg says to bring your pet in immediately to a local veterinarian.
“I’m always watching for ticks because of course nobody likes that creepy crawly sensation when you find one on yourself,” Sternberg said.
Sternberg says the best possible thing you can do is to keep your dogs and cats up to date on vaccinations which help prevent tick borne diseases.