Everything you need to know about pests
You're not the only one who thinks that ticks will start to go away in a few days. In fact, many people in New Jersey, including Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and beyond, think that ticks aren't a big problem or health risk in the fall. That is not the case, though. Some ticks in New Jersey are a problem all year, not just in the spring and summer.
What kinds of ticks are active in New Jersey in the fall?
The American dog tick, the brown dog tick, the Lone Star tick, and the black-legged tick, also called a deer tick, are the most common types of ticks in the Garden State. Dog ticks and the Lone Star tick will stop moving when it gets colder, but this is not true of deer ticks. In fact, these biting pests are getting worse and will continue to be a problem as long as the ground temperature stays above 45°F and the air temperature stays above freezing. Also, nymphs will grow into adult deer ticks during the fall and winter months and start feeding. During this time, tick eggs will also hatch, and the ticks will look for small animals to feed on.
After the first frost, do ticks die?
On average, New Jersey gets its first frost in early October. Even though the frost may kill mosquitoes and take out what's left in your garden, it won't kill deer ticks. Like George Washington did in 1776 when he ran away from New York, ticks will run away when it freezes for the first time, but they won't give up the fight.
Where do ticks hide when fall comes?
Ticks will hide in the leaf litter when it's too cold outside. They'll stay there until it's warm enough to go back out. That is why it is so important to keep wooded and brushy areas free of leaves, mulch, and other organic debris.
Is it possible to get Lyme disease in the fall?
Lyme disease is a risk whenever deer ticks are out and about. The autumn months are no different. The CDC says that the Lyme disease bacterium can only be passed on by deer ticks that have been attached for 36 to 48 hours or more. With this information in mind, we cannot stress enough how important it is to check your whole body, including your arms, legs, groin, armpits, scalp, etc., for these disease-spreading bugs after spending any time outside.
How likely is it to get Lyme disease?
Michigan State University says that deer ticks in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central states cause more than 95% of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. Also, 20–30% of black-legged tick nymphs and 50–60% of adult female ticks in these areas are infected.
What can I do to avoid getting Lyme disease and other diseases that ticks carry?
You are less likely to get sick from ticks if you get rid of them as soon as you find them, ideally within 36 hours of when they are first attached. Other ways to avoid getting bitten by a tick are:
What should I do if I see a tick?
Here's what the CDC says you should do to get rid of a tick:
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