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Tick are on the Move at GreenLeaf Headquarters

 In Blog, Crawling Insects, Ticks, Tips, Winter Pest

Tick are on the Move at GreenLeaf Headquarters

Daniel and Luna our Goose dog were out on patrol today and to our surprise found a tick on Luna face and another one on her neck. To make matters worse when Daniel got back to the office a few hours later there was a tick crawling up his shirt. The ticks were definitely looking for a spot to hide and feed. Daniel immediately through all his clothes in our dryer for 30 minutes on maximum heat. Thank goodness he had a change of clothes so he didn’t need to spend the day in his underwear 😀
Adult blacklegged ticks are active October-May, as long as the daytime temperature remains above freezing. Blacklegged ticks can be found looking for a host (questing) about knee-high on the tips of branches, long grasses and low growing shrubs. Adult females love to latch onto humans and pets (yeah – no kidding!). Once females fully engorge on their blood meal, they drop off the host into the leaf litter, where they can over-winter.
Engorged females lay a single egg mass (up to 1500-2000 eggs) in mid to late May and then die!

5 Simple Tick Prevention Tips

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  • Make sure your pets are proactively treated with tick medicine.
  • Keep long grasses and buffer zones foliage short around your home and property.
  • Always inspect your body and your pets after walks in the outdoors. Honestly, bring a change of clothes just in case you find a tick on your clothing. You don’t want to drive home or to the office naked in fear you have more ticks on you.
  • Rake and remove leaf litter from around your yard. This is where females will drop their egg masses that hatch again in the spring.
  • If you’re a hunter or active outdoors you may want to consider permethrin clothing or using a repellent like Deet. Please consult Health Canada guidelines on effective repellent’s and risks.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Author - Daniel Mackie | GreenLeaf Pest ControlDaniel Mackie aka Mr. Know Bugs is the VP – Quality Assurance at Greenleaf Pest Control. With over 24 years in the pest protection industry, Mackie is a Toronto, Oakville, Barrie and Newmarket pest control expert. Daniel Mackie is well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV.  In his free time, he is an avid gardener and beekeeper. According to Mackie: “We are Protectors of Public Health”

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