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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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cold winter: good or bad for ticks?

hi outdoor-experts round here. we are having a pretty cold winter here in germany. i wonder if that will reduce the ticks or help them in some sort of weird way to survive. we had a bunch of snow, that melted away and it got cold agin so everything is nicely frozen. eddie

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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a hard freeze kills some bugs, but not all of them.
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I think a hard freeze kills some bugs, but not all of them.
Not ticks. They become dormant in cold weather, but can emerge on warmer days or mid-winter thaws and attach themselves to animals or clothing. Any infested clothing should be put in a hot dryer for about 15 minutes to kill the ticks.
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I hope it kills some of the stinkin' fleas we've been infested with over here.
This past summer has been the worst ever. And I still find one every so often even now.
We've been treating the dog & cat regularly & spraying the heck outta the whole house & yard. And they just keep coming back.
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I think a hard freeze kills some bugs, but not all of them.
I spend a few weeks a year in NW Ontario. Gets to -40F and below there most winters & doesn't seem to faze the ticks in the slightest come spring. Wish it would...
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What, you don't like blood sucking parasites?
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My pet vet told me to be aware of ticks beginnung of March in southern Germany. it seems that they can resisty even a little lower temperatures....
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What, you don't like blood sucking parasites?
oh now now...you know we arent supposed to talk about politicians here ;)
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Any infested clothing should be put in a hot dryer for about 15 minutes to kill the ticks.
should you do the dogs too? maybe it's best to run them through the washer too...
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should you do the dogs too? maybe it's best to run them through the washer too...
hi jon, can you believe that the rhythm cat wants more dogs? now she is teasing me with a st. bernard all the time. it might get crowded in the washingmashine.
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I spend a few weeks a year in NW Ontario. Gets to -40F and below there most winters & doesn't seem to faze the ticks in the slightest come spring. Wish it would...
i think this is the answer. not really what i would like to hear. so we have to spend some money on tick-repellent again.
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We're on track for the coldest winter ever here, with temps averaging 10 degrees below normal all year. Saw a newspaper story that said it will decrease the number of insect pests this summer, and i hope it's true the mosquitoes have been hell in recent years.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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do ticks avoid high altitude?

I remember visiting friends in South Lake Tahoe; we brought our golden retriever, and tried to assure our hosts that the dog had no fleas. They told us that fleas can't live in high altitudes, and that there were NO fleas in the Tahoe Basin. And, if our dog did have fleas when he came up the hill, they would all be gone when he went back down.

BTW Eddie - in South Lake Tahoe bears are everywhere. In fact they area pest, like rats or mice. Our friends kept their garbage containers locked in a shed so the bears wouldn't tear everything apart. They didn't worry too much about the bears, but they warned us to make a lot of noise if we walked outside at night so the bears could hear us coming and they could run and hide.
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It's true about the fleas ... when we lived on the Front Range of the Rockies at 7,000 feet, our cats had nary a flea. Doubt if that holds true for ticks, though (think Rocky Mountain spotted fever!).
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do ticks avoid high altitude?
They live at 6,000+ feet. Never seen a flea around here.
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What, you don't like blood sucking parasites?
Yeah. You tell me you don't love bloodsucking parasites that can also transmit Lymes disease?

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do ticks avoid high altitude?

I remember visiting friends in South Lake Tahoe; we brought our golden retriever, and tried to assure our hosts that the dog had no fleas. They told us that fleas can't live in high altitudes, and that there were NO fleas in the Tahoe Basin. And, if our dog did have fleas when he came up the hill, they would all be gone when he went back down.

BTW Eddie - in South Lake Tahoe bears are everywhere. In fact they area pest, like rats or mice. Our friends kept their garbage containers locked in a shed so the bears wouldn't tear everything apart. They didn't worry too much about the bears, but they warned us to make a lot of noise if we walked outside at night so the bears could hear us coming and they could run and hide.
PapaBeef: There ya go- take your dog and cat up to the mountains for a few days.
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It has been below freezing here for a good part of the winter, last Sunday, I took the dogs to the beach it was 15 degrees "F". On Monday I found ticks on my boy. So I'm not sure what's going on, but I did not expect it.
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We're on track for the coldest winter ever here, with temps averaging 10 degrees below normal all year. Saw a newspaper story that said it will decrease the number of insect pests this summer, and i hope it's true the mosquitoes have been hell in recent years.
you would think that would be true, but have you ever been to Minnesota in the summer? Man those skeeters are thick! Must have nothing to do with the cold, unfortunately
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Rather have that intense cold to kill back most of the varmints in the lawn.

It just reshuffles the deck. It can actually make mosquitos worse, since it kills back their insect competition worse than it does them.

As the ticks can seek the safety of warm animals, it gave them a fighting chance to stay in the game as it were, to develop some resistance when they are holed up on a branch alongside the trail. Or in brush. Uncanny how they can spring into action after being just dormant for months. Fleas have to revert back to egg form.
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PapaBeef: There ya go- take your dog and cat up to the mountains for a few days.
I wish I could take my whole house.
Otherwise them b@$tards would still be waitin' there for us when we got back.
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