Mosquitoes and fleas are not the only biting pests Meridian needs to worry about. Ticks are a close cousin of the spider and some of the worst wild pests to find on yourself or your pets. These creatures are difficult to spot and even more difficult to remove when latched, creating the perfect storm for disease transfer and secondary infections. Do they disappear in the winter? Learn more about ticks in the winter and how pest control in Meridian may be helpful.

What Types Of Ticks Are There In Meridian?

There are a few primary tick types to be aware of in Idaho:

  • The American Dog Tick
  • The Lone Star Tick
  • Black Legged Ticks

After just a few hours of bite contact, these creatures can spread pathogens, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. And although you might be feeling safe enough during the winter months, reader beware: some ticks may be just as active! 

Are Ticks Still Active In The Winter? 

Like other pests, ticks may be slightly less active during the winter season, but they are far from hibernating. American dog ticks and lone star ticks will slow up considerably with diapause behaviors, while outlier species such as black legged ticks may still be active.

Unlike hibernation, which is the act of sleeping through the coldest part of the year, diapause is the process of slowing the metabolism to survive harsh conditions. There are precise indicators that start and stop this physiological state, specifically humidity, dropping temperatures, and sunlight availability. Here in Meridian, ticks are usually at their peak of activity between April and July.

Is Tick Prevention Still Important In The Winter?

Tick prevention during the winter is just as important as summer preparations. While you may be much less likely to interact with a vector during February or March, it always pays to be prepared.:

  • Wear tick repellent on your shoes and pants.
  • Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • Wear a hat if possible.
  • Inspect yourself after hiking or spending time in the woods. 

Please reach out to Affinity Pest Control for additional winter tick prevention tips. 

What's The Best Way To Keep Ticks Away From Your Property?

We might be deep into winter right now, but it won’t be long before spring is knocking at our door. Warmer weather and more active wildlife will send ticks into a breeding frenzy, recolonizing the entirety of Meridian. If you’ve been experiencing heightened tick activity around your home or business, now is the best time to explore potential treatment efforts.

At Affinity Pest Control, we make the tick control process simple, easy, and highly affordable. We use a three-step technique to protect you and your loved ones: 

  1. Our initial inspection will evaluate the species and type of tick in question.
  2. Total home treatments will rapidly eliminate the presence of lingering ticks.
  3. Follow-up visits will reduce your risks in their entirety. 

No matter what kind of ticks could be infesting your Meridian home, Affinity Pest Control can handle them all. Learn more by calling our primary office today or filling out a contact form for a complimentary treatment quote.