Tick’d Off: Colorado’s Tick Season Could Be A Tough One This Year
Tis the season for ticks and it looks like this year could be a year for Lyme disease. I mean, we are just getting towards the end of surviving a pandemic, so this shouldn't be a big deal, but in all seriousness, ticks are something we need to look out for. This is especially true when it comes to our pets, and there are some things you should know on how to keep both you AND your pet safe during tick season, which here in Colorado rolls from around mid April to early November.
According to a Colorado State University extension, the most common tick that bites humans and dogs in Colorado is the Rocky Mountain wood tick, and they are most likely to bite and be active in the spring before the real heat of summer kicks into high gear.
Bites from this particular kind of tick may cause Colorado Tick Fever but not necessarily the Rocky Mountain Fever. Despite the name, that latter is very rare here.
Of course, our pets can also be affected by these pests as well and can really do a number on them. The American Kennel Club has shared some important info about how to help your pet avoid them and more importantly, how to spot ticks and remove them if found on your pet.
If you're going to be in brushy areas along the edges of fields and woodlands or commonly traveled paths through grassy areas and shrublands, it's important to do tick checks as it usually takes ticks anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to start feeding (YUCK).
I'm getting anxious and itchy just thinking about all of this.