Ticks Survive the Winter

Posted by AllGreen on April 1, 2016

One great myth about pest control in MA is that most insects, particularly the tick, can’t survive our New England winters. However, the hard fact is that ticks transmit diseases 12 months out of the year. Yes, ticks can survive and even thrive during New England winter months and some have even argued that the winter months are the most active time of the year for disease-transmitting ticks. Dr. Thomas Mather of the University of Rhode Island says that, “the Lyme disease rate in ticks is actually higher in the colder months because there are more adult ticks around, and they have had more opportunities to bite other infected animals during the summer and fall months.”

The most common disease spreading tick, the deer tick, is highly prevalent in New England and its ability to transmit diseases like Lyme disease to pets and people must never be underestimated. Just because it’s freezing outside and pests like mosquitoes and flies are less active, their inactivity has no bearing on the fact that ticks can survive the winter fairly easily. So, when thinking about lawn care in Massachusetts, keep the fact that ticks are still active during the winter months as a top priority.

An image showing a deer tick.

Our prevention methods

At AllGreen, we offer Flea and Tick Control as well as Deer Repellent for your lawn and shrubs. Deer are one of the most notorious carriers of ticks and actively spread Lyme disease all year round. For fleas and ticks, we implement a spray application made up of granular and liquid treatments that will keep your lawn protected from the pesky little buggers and their ability to transfer disease. To repel deer, we use a liquid organic spray on your lawn and its bushes and shrubs so that deer will seek food elsewhere, reducing the risk of ticks spreading near your home. This organic lawn care in Massachusetts works extremely well and harms neither the deer nor the environment.