Yah, it’s that time of the year. Baseball season (Gooooo Phillies!!!). Oh yeah, and it’s also time for ticks. Any time we have weather above 45 degrees, ticks can start to be active. Which means, while we had a colder than normal March and 1st day of April, they will be out in force later this week. Unless your pet spends 100% of their time indoors (going outside to go to the bathroom counts as going outside), you need flea and tick control in this area. We have different options – collars, oral products, and topicals. As a nudge for you to start your pet’s tick control, here are some fun facts.
- In this area we have the American Dog tick, Black Legged tick, Brown Dog tick, and the Lone Star tick. The new arrival, the Asian Longhorned tick is in the northeast area of Pennsylvania.
- Ticks can survive the winter by going dormant, latching onto a host, or going underground.
- The CDC lists 12 diseases that are carried by ticks in the United States. In this area, ticks carry Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Babesia.
- Ticks have 4 life stages. They are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than other insects. A female tick can lay 3,000 eggs.
- In Berks County your dog has a 1 in 8 chance of getting Lyme disease, a 1 in 15 chance of getting Anaplasmosis, and a 1 in 24 chance of getting Erhlichia.
So, how is your tick control?
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.