Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Is Still Flea & Tick Season

I've learned that Fall is still flea and tick season.  In fact, it can be prime season for fleas and ticks!  Although we use flea and tick preventative all year long as a precaution, I didn't really believe it was all that necessary.  How could there still be fleas and ticks when Summer is long gone and the nights are so chilly?  But something happened the other day that really drove it home for me.

Fall is still flea & tick season!
Enjoying the lovely Fall foliage around the lake


It was a nice warm day out, cloudy but great walking weather.  We decided to take a walk around a nearby lake we had never been to before.

A Fall stroll around the lake
Stroll around a nearby lake we hadn't been to before
The lake was lovely but it was a very short walk.  As we walked back  to the parking lot I noticed there was a trail behind the lake we could get to.  We continued to explore and followed the trail to an old cemetery.  It was pretty neat so we walked around through the leaves and brush to check out the old gravestones.

Fall can be prime season for ticks and fleas
We stumbled upon this hidden old cemetery along the trail
Later that day I heard my husband yell Sh@*t!  "What's wrong?!?" I asked .  He ushered me into the bathroom and showed me a tick that had been crawling up his leg!  He had never discovered a tick on his body in his entire life, despite living on Long Island for most of his life and years of mountain biking along woodsy Greenbelt trails.  He was utterly horrified! 

Be sure to use protection against fleas & ticks, even in Fall!
Apparently these woods were infested with ticks, even in Fall!
Far worse, however, was that the very next day he discovered another tick on his body!!  This tick had actually already attached itself to my husband's back and had to be pulled out.  Well, into the laundry went the sheets, towels, and bathrobes!  It had been a few weeks since the dogs had their flea & tick treatment so on went a dose of flea & tick medication! 

Fallen leaves and brush in Fall can harbor fleas and ticks
Icy posing on a tree stump along the woodsy trail
We've spent the last 2 days checking each other for ticks, we're so paranoid!  So far, no ticks on me yet but I'm still on alert.  So I guess Fall really is peak season for fleas and ticks, huh?!

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Are you still using flea and tick repellent this time of year?  Do you continue it throughout the Winter?  Leave us a comment, we always want to hear from you!


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    1. Yes. Even then if you get a warm spell it can bring the pesky fleas out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Since I've always enjoyed hiking, walking and camping in the great outdoors, I have had the horror of discovering ticks crawling on me a few times. Ewwww - it sends chills up my spine just thinking about it.

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    1. I get the chills too, so gross! I've discovered ticks crawling on me from a couple of my foster dogs. Sometimes the shelter doesn't get a chance to treat them fast enough! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Such an important message. Got to be careful.

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    1. Oh yeah, very careful! They can attach & start blood sucking quickly. Thanks for stopping by Earl & Ethel!

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  4. You know I laughed and thought of Pierre's shower scene in The Returns! BOL! BOL! It never gets cold enough here to get rid of mosquitos or ticks/fleas. Luckily, we only have to deal with the mosquitos unless we walk on a woody trail.

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    1. BOL! So many hilarious scenes in The Returns, especially with Pierre! Thanks for stopping by MK!

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  5. You guys must have been freaking out. How scary! Ticks are so disgusting. Until I did research for my post that you linked to, I never knew that fleas and ticks flourished in the Fall. With 5 pets in the house, I'm definitely applying flea treatment year round. Thanks for helping spread awareness. Hugs, Kimberly

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    1. I didn't know either! Cool Fall weather comes & you think you're safe but NO! I treat my dogs all year round too but I was not as diligent in Winter until now! I'll never lapse again. Your post was great, I'm happy to share it here! Thanks for visiting us Kimberly! xoxoxo

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  7. Great info, thanks for sharing. It never gets that cold here so fleas and ticks around 365. More fleas than ticks. Thankfully, we have not found any ticks on anyone. Funny thing is that when I lived in New England I ended up with a tick on me as a kid, but we were wandering around in the woods and it had attached itself that night on me, I freaked out too! BOL

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    1. We live in Phoenix most of the year where fleas & ticks are an issue but not as badly as other parts of the U.S. We've had dogs come into the shelter infested with blood filled ticks, it's the most disgusting thing! I didn't realize how important it is to keep up with flea/tick treatment in NY during cooler weather until now! Thanks for stopping by Suzanne!

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  8. Yuck! I give NexGard from April through until November.

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    1. I'm going to treat 12 months out of the year from now on, weather in NY or Phoenix! Those pesky critters just don't take a break! Thanks for stopping by Nola!

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  9. Yeah, i gets the fleas stuffs all year round! Ma went campin' once years ago and they were all over then too! At furst you freak out, butts after the 50th one, it stops being so gross. I hopes you don't get to 50...☺
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. Oh man if we ever get to 50 I will just keel over! Your ma is smart to treat all year round! Thanks for stopping by Ruby!

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  10. This is a great lesson thanks! Flea and tick season is the worst during October, and later if the temps stay above 40 degrees. Mom puts on our treatments through Nov. just to be safe! Love Dolly

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    1. Thanks Dolly! I'm learning that Fall is actually prime season for the pesky critters. I'm going to be more diligent about treating all year long. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. OMG! Eeeeeeeeeek!!!!! That's scary! I have never had one on me or my dogs, but I have pulled a couple off of my one stray cat who visits me all the time. Creepy little buggers!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. I'm amazed you never had one with 3 dogs and several cats! Lucky. They are super creepy. Thanks for stopping by Jenna!

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  12. Yikes!! There are signs all around here telling people there are lots this year.

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    1. I'm glad they warned people! I wish there had been some signs on the trail we were on warning us. Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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  13. Hi Y'all!

    Even here in the southern mountains there is tick danger. Papa thought he had a puncture wound. Mama looked at it and a tick was buried in his arm, only 2 legs visible. They had to remove the devil at the hospital emergency room and put him on 2 weeks of antibiotics.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. That's the Papa on the antibiotics, not the devil tick!

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  14. WOW! - Much to my dismay, we are on it year round. I was praying once we got to SC that I wouldn't need it every month, but seems as if here is no different from VA. Doodle Dad had ticks on his body all the time as an infantry solider. I remember those days after a field exercise, examine the body - yuck! Hope the worst is over for you.

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