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Rainfall and High Humidity Help Ticks and Fleas Flourish

Warm temperatures, frequent rains, and high humidity are factors that help survival and reproduction of ticks and fleas. This summer has provided ideal conditions for both to flourish. EntFacts 602 (Flea Control and Protection) and EntFacts 628 (Smarter Flea Control)

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Watch For Blacklegged Ticks

Adult blacklegged ticks seek hosts from November through March. They are active whenever the temperature is above about 40oF. Females (Figure 1) take blood meals from a variety of hosts, including humans and companion animals. Blacklegged ticks have been noticeably

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Ticks May Be on the Rise This Year

A series of notes on the radio, television, and printed media has provided information on predicting high populations of ticks in New York this year. This is based on a plague of mice in the Hudson Valley in the summer

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Two Species of Ticks Active During Kentucky Winters

Black-legged Tick In recent years, the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) (Figure 1) has become increasingly more common in Kentucky and now occurs throughout the state (Figure 2). Adults are active from November through March, whenever the temperature is above freezing.

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Dealing with Fleas

The cat flea (Figure 1) is the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. These small, hopping insects also bite humans. In addition to the discomfort of bites and the chance of secondary infection by contamination of bite sites,

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Flea problems tend to peak at the end of summer. Dealing with an infestation requires a significant amount of time, patience, and effort, as well as an approach that includes consideration of both the pet and its environment. Only an

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Protecting Pets from Ticks

Pets, especially dogs, can easily pick up dozens of ticks as they wander in overgrown areas. Lone star ticks and American dog ticks are most common and can be active from spring into early fall. In addition to irritation and

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