As winter begins to break with warmer weather, ticks are becoming active and bringing tick-borne illnesses with them.

If you like the outdoors use caution as the weather warms to the high 30's it will cause ticks to begin getting active and looking for blood and these ticks are the ones that carry Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.

Three things have to occur in order to see ticks. Warm temps in the high 30's, no snowpack, upper-level ground thaw. Remember while the warm weather will get the ticks active a sudden drop in temps will cause the ticks to shut down. Sub-freezing temperatures won't kill them they just go to sleep so to speak.

We are at that time of year when the temps go up and down several times in a week. Be sure to check with your vet and find out what time would be good to start flea and tick treatments for your pets. Make it a habit to check all your pets especially if they spend any time outside on a regular basis.

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