Ticks can be found in some areas year round, but are most ticks are active in warmer months (April through September). Commonly found ticks in western North Dakota include the American Dog Tick and the Brown Dog Tick. Below you will find helpful information about detecting ticks, avoiding ticks, and preventing tick bites for you and your pets.
Ticks are not just present in forests and fields. They can be common and numerous in parks, along jogging paths and anywhere that wildlife roams. Each medically important species of tick has different habitat needs. Understand tick habitat and know when you are at risk of exposure.
Preventing Tick Bites
Did you know? Treating your clothes prior to venturing out in tick-prone areas is one way to help prevent tick bites. If spending time outside, it is always a good idea to do a quick tick check. The graphics below provide a few tips for how to treat your clothes, how to perform a tick check on yourself or others, and how to safely remove a tick.
Ticks on Pets
Pets need protection from ticks as well as people, because ticks can infect dogs and cats with disease organisms that make them sick. Plus dogs and cats can suffer pain and itching from tick bites.