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The end of summer does not mean the end of tick season. In fact, ticks are a year-round problem for animals and people alike, and fall can be a big problem as some tend to let their guard down when temperatures cool.

Tick-borne diseases continue to be a concern across the U.S., with cases of Lyme disease growing significantly in the last several years. In Northeast Ohio, the most likely tick to bite dogs, cats or humans in the fall is the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick and known to carry Lyme disease.

The issue with Lyme disease, as well as other diseases passed on by ticks, is that symptoms can appear to be more common illnesses, such as the flu. Ticks also are difficult to spot on dogs, cats and humans, so the best prevention is to not get bit in the first place. That means keeping your guard up no matter the season.

Ticks survive the cold Northeast Ohio winter, and deer ticks are especially active as the cool fall temperatures set in. Fallen leaves and accumulated brush are ideal for hiding places as they wait for their next meal to walk by. Ticks do not hunt, but jump from brush, grass or leaves onto a passing host.

Fallen leaves and mulch also are favored locations for ticks to lay eggs, so keeping your yard clear of leaf piles and debris is a good way to limit the tick population around your home. If your children and pets enjoy a romp in fallen leaves, it’s wise to check them thoroughly for ticks that may have hitched a ride.

Humid summers and mild winters encourage a growing tick population, especially deer ticks, which thrive in humidity and will often emerge during a winter thaw despite freezing temperatures.

At TNT Exterminating, we suggest the Tick Box Tick Control System to ensure your pets and your family are protected year-round from ticks and the diseases they carry. Contact our experts for tips on tick prevention and how Tick Box Technology may help you.