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Are ticks still active in Wisconsin during the fall?

Fall in Wisconsin is debatably one of the best times to be outside. The summer humidity is gone, Packer tailgates are in full force and there are plenty of pumpkin patches to attend. As the leaves fall and the air gets colder, there’s a pest we worry about – ticks. Are they still active during the fall? Keep reading and we’ll cover whether they are or not. 

Do ticks stick around in the fall?

Unfortunately, ticks are not just a summer problem. In Wisconsin, deer ticks are very active during the fall since this is the time they start looking to eat. 

Why should I avoid ticks?

Besides ticks latching on and sucking blood, ticks transmit diseases to both humans and pets. The most common is Lyme Disease but other diseases include Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. 

Where are ticks found and can I stop them?

Ticks like to hang out in leaf piles and mulch. This is often where ticks will hatch their eggs. As a way to prevent the accumulation of ticks, you should keep your yard free of fallen leaves as much as possible. As fun as jumping into a pile of leaves is, you’ll be jumping into tick HQ. Always check yourself and your pet once you come inside and if you find a tick, remove it as quickly as possible using fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin’s surface. Then clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. 


Read more about fall pests: Wisconsin Fall Pest Prevention Checklist


Having problems with fall pests? Contact K&C Pest Control

With the cold air coming in, many pets start to come inside our homes. If you are noticing any pests making themselves at home, give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll get that taken care of for you. 


Read more about pests: Common DIY Rodent Control Techniques – Do They Work?