Ticks are pet pests and pose a threat of Lyme Disease. Every pet parent must educate themselves with the different types of ticks and find ways to protect their family and pets.
Ticks are present year round throughout the United States.
We love and enjoy the outdoors. As a pet parent to a senior dog, I have to be extra careful in areas where I take Sugar. For safety, it is important to educate myself on the different kinds of ticks in the state I live, Illinois. Lyme Disease is the most common tickborne disease in Illinois. There are 15 species of ticks reside in Illinois, only 5 types of ticks are likely to be encountered by pets and people.
5 Common Ticks in Illinois
1) American Dog Tick – also known as wood tick. In Illinois, the adult American dog tick is most active in April, May and June. By September, the adults are inactive and are rarely observed. The American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and possibly ehrlichiosis to humans.
2) Lone Star Tick – primarily found in the southern half of Illinois, although it can occasionally be found further north. The lone star tick is most active from April through the end of July. A Lone Star Tick may transmit tularemia and ehrlichiosis to humans. The lone star tick is not believed to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
3) Blacklegged Tick – also known as Deer Tick. These ticks are found in grassy wooded areas along trails. The blacklegged tick can transmit Lyme disease, babesiosis and possibly ehrlichiosis to humans. This tick has been found sporadically in many Illinois counties. Additionally, Illinois residents may encounter the deer tick during trips to neighboring midwest states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.
In our area, we have several forest preserves with lovely walking trails. On our walks. we are always in the look out for these backlegged ticks (deer ticks). When Sugar was 5 yrs. old, she had a deer tick after visiting the state of Wisconsin. We were lucky to see it and was able to remove it immediately.
4) Brown Dog Tick – also known as Kennel Tick. This tick feeds on dogs, but rarely bites people. The brown dog tick is found primarily in kennels or homes with dogs. These ticks may be found hiding in cracks, behind radiators, under rugs and furniture, and on draperies and walls. Since a brown dog tick is tropical, it does not survive Illinois winters outdoors.
5) Winter Tick – feeds on large mammals and affects Illinois deer, cattle and horses.
Take Appropriate Preventive Measures from Tick Bites and Disease
On our previous posts, we shared 3 Ways to Protect Your Pet. One way is from Flea and Tick products like the Seresto collar. Sugar has been wearing the Seresto collar since June.
Sersto collar claims to be effective for up to 8 months. It is a light, soft and waterproof collar. What I like the most is its non-greasy and odorless. For the past months, we have enjoyed walking on trails and prairie gardens. As a pet parent, the Seresto collar has provided me piece of mind that Sugar is being protected at all times.
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