Ticks Are Still Active in Cincinnati
October brings changing of the leaves and the start of cooler temperatures here in Cincinnati. After many months of backyard barbecues, pool parties, and summer hikes, you might think that your days of worrying about ticks are over. Despite the changing seasons, ticks are still active. The professionals here at Mosquito Joe of Cincinnati-NKY are here to help you navigate tick season. Learn more about the tick that is most active in our area and ways to prevent tick activity on your property this fall.
The Most Common Tick in Our Area
The most common tick found in Ohio is the blacklegged tick . This specific tick is active from the spring all the way to the winter when temperatures consistently drop below 45 degrees.
Blacklegged ticks actually have a two-year life cycle and are able to survive several seasons of cold weather. Ticks can find shelter from the freezing temperatures and snow by hiding in leaf piles, tree trunks or shrubs. These blacklegged ticks that are in hiding can easily attach themselves to you or your pets in the winter months. This is why it’s especially important to make sure you complete a yard clean up at the end of the summer season. In order to make your yard is unappealing to ticks, consider keeping your yard clean and free of leaf litter.
It is important to be educated about ticks because blacklegged ticks can spread diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can also carry rare diseases such as Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Powassan Virus Disease (also known as POW Virus Disease).
To keep you, your family and pets safe this fall, there are several things you can do to keep ticks away.
- Keep exercising caution while you are out enjoying hikes or nature walks. Wear long socks, wear light clothing so you can easily spot ticks and tuck your shirt into your pants.
- Shower as soon as you arrive home, and wash your clothing at a high heat which would eliminate any ticks that might still be attached.
- Continue to maintain your yard by mowing it and cutting down any tall grasses.
- Keep deer away from your yard so that they can’t carry the ticks in. This might include putting up a higher fence, or planting certain plants that deer tend to avoid. Daffodils, foxgloves, and poppies are all plants that will usually do the trick. Fragrant foliage also deter deer. Flowering herbs such as sage, thyme, lavender, and oregano can help keep them away.
Continue with your service to avoid mosquitoes and ticks in the fall months. Mosquitoes remain active until temperatures consistently drop below 50 degrees and ticks can withstand temperatures up to 45 degrees. If mosquitoes and ticks continue to be a problem in your yard this fall Mosquito Joe of Cincinnati-NKY would be happy to discuss our treatment options. Give us a call at 513-813-1510 so we can discuss why you shouldn’t stop the MoJo.