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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cold temps = less ticks?

The last year or so has seen ticks galore in some areas of PA. Can we expect to see a reduction in their numbers due to the frigid temperatures we are having?
i know that ticks are tough and that, like groundhogs, there are always some that survive. But I am hoping that this cold weather is going to take a significant tole on them and cause a massive kill in their population.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 08:04 AM
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we should be so lucky. One of the biggest carriers of deer ticks is meadow mice. There will be enough mice making it through the winter to have a pool of enough ticks to start the process all over again. At least for now we won't have to worry about them on us or our dogs.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 10:35 AM
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dont count on it.
a few years ago in late duck season with similar weather we are having now, I found 3 ticks on my lab when we returned
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 06:20 PM
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If you actually get out in the right cover you will still pick a deer tick up here and there. As soon as it warms a little they will be more active again. Only had one on us Saturday, and that was a hunter with no permethrin on.
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I remember someone that oughta know telling me that what really does effect the tick numbers, or numbers of ticks that is, is humidity. Seems ticks must have high humidity at certain times of their life cycle. I don't recall why that is, just that it was. So apparently dry years are what knocks the ticks back. Go figure.
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Skinned my deer out on Sunday and had one on my belly.At -7 below the other day we STILL will have ticks next year!

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