Black-legged (deer) tick adults are not killed by freezing temperatures. Deer ticks sitting for a time on a block of ice (or frozen ground) might not have the energy to move their muscles. Warm them up, even just a little, and watch out…they’re good to go. And they will, too.
Loaded with pathogens, female deer ticks can give you Lyme disease. Its always important to do a quick TickCheck daily. While this tick’s preferred host may be white-tailed deer, they’ll readily latch onto people and pets, too.
To avoid an unexpected tick bite while working or recreating outdoors in winter, check the ground to see if it’s unfrozen and check the temperature to see if it’s above freezing. If you answer yes to both conditions, then you may be at risk for a blacklegged tick encounter. So, be sure not to forget about being TickSmart, even in winter.
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