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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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Common Ticks in Kentucky

Lone star ticks are very active this spring. All stages of this species feed on humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife. Adults and nymphs are active now. Differences in size and appearance can be confusing, but the irritation and itching from

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