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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Does frost kill ticks?

I have only been living in New England for 67 years but one thing I DON'T know is if ticks, like other bugs, disappear after the first frost (or 2).
We go into the woods a lot. We don't have a big problem with them but some people do.
Thanks for any info.
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I would expect a frost MAY not, but I would expect a HARD protracted freeze would.

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Around here - if it's above freezing or 40 degrees, ticks be out regardless of how cold it's been previously. I think they just go dormant when it's cold.

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I also believe they go dorment,,I tend to see them when it's not to cold and not to hot, lucky you don't see many up in MA,,down here we are loaded with them

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Looks like they live for 2 years and they don't die in the winter, but they do stop feeding when the temperature goes below 35.

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The first tick I ever found on Samson was when it was well below freezing. So, they may be far less active but it isn't impossible to find one in the winter.
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My understanding is they go dormant, which is why many of us in the NE don't treat during the winter. However, a friend's dog got a tick, and lyme disease, during a January thaw. So, that would definitely imply to me that they are just dormant and don't die off.

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My understanding is they go dormant, which is why many of us in the NE don't treat during the winter. However, a friend's dog got a tick, and lyme disease, during a January thaw. So, that would definitely imply to me that they are just dormant and don't die off.

It's not the rats that will take over in post nuclear war...it's the **** ticks.
You are so right. What was I thinking?
My last dog got ticks in January.
It sux to be old and have memory lapses.
As everyone says. They are dormant, which is derived from the French dormire: to sleep.
Dormant is literally: sleeping
They can wake up whenever the conditions permit.

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I always thought so but I pulled 3 ticks off my dog at the end of Feb one year (still very much freezing and blizzarding here).

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What type of ticks do you have over there? Is the paralysis tick the one that gives you most trouble like here or are they different altogether?
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