Did you know? Ticks are active all year round but their activity level varies by season. In the spring and summer, ticks are more active and pose a higher risk of transmitting tick-borne diseases. Understanding the seasonality of ticks is crucial for protecting your family and pets.
In the early spring, as temperatures start to warm up, ticks become more active and begin to search for hosts. They are most active when temperatures are consistently above 7 degrees. This is also the time of year when ticks are most likely to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease.
As summer months approach, tick activity increases and it is important to take precautions in areas where ticks are prevalent. Wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, using insect repellent, and checking yourself or your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors can help reduce the risk of tick bites.
In the fall, tick activity begins to decline as temperatures start to drop. However, ticks can still be active during warmer spells. It is important to remain vigilant and continue to take precautions to avoid tick bites.
During winter, ticks typically enter a period of dormancy where they remain inactive and do not feed. When temperatures drop below freezing, ticks will typically burrow into the leaf litter or soil, where they will remain until spring arrives.
The seasonality of ticks can vary depending on the region of Canada. In warmer areas, ticks may be active year-round. On the other hand, colder regions of Canada will see tick activity limited to certain times of the year.
Understanding the times of year ticks are most active can help you take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases.