Just because we’re starting to experience some fall season temperatures doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods when ticks are concerned. In Rhode Island, fall temperatures can soar as high as the low 80’s through October, which is an ideal temperature for adult ticks.

If you’re planning on taking a fall season hike with your family and dog, be on the lookout for adult ticks this season; if gone unnoticed, they could create serious health problems.

Adult tick life cycle

Ticks live for a surprisingly long amount of time and have an intricate two year life cycle. Adult ticks in particular are very hardy and resistant to temperature changes, meaning they are still active from September through November. Only when the first true frosts start rolling into the Northeast will the adult ticks go into hibernation for the winter.

Who is at risk?

For those living in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, deer ticks will usually settle for deer as their main meal, but when given the chance they will prey upon humans and their canine companions. Just like mosquitoes, these critters harbor potentially dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

If you live in a wooded area or have a yard near dense vegetation, you and your family may be at risk of falling victim to tick bites. Contact Mosquito Terminators of Newport RI today for a perimeter spray to control the fall adult tick population.