Where Do Ticks Live?
Ticks have been reported in all fifty states, with different species being more prevalent in some regions than others. Many people associate ticks with rural areas, but they can be found in urban settings, too. Ticks love humidity and are commonly found in wooded locations and transitional areas with tall grasses.
Because they are hardy opportunists, ticks can thrive in all sorts of settings. There is a risk of ticks at the dog park, on hiking trails, and even in your own backyard. And because ticks can travel by catching a ride on clothing, wildlife, or your pets, it’s not uncommon to find a tick indoors and around your home. In fact, the brown dog tick can complete its entire life cycle inside your home.1
Ticks Are a Year-Round Threat
Did you know the threat of ticks isn’t limited to the heat of summer? Adult ticks can feed in the fall and well into winter. Plus, colder weather doesn’t always mean fewer ticks. For year-round peace of mind, choose monthly FRONTLINE® Brand Products: the #1 name in flea and tick protection.2
How Do Ticks Get on My Cat or Dog
A tick can easily become attached to your clothing or your dog or cat’s fur, especially if you're near trees or walking through tall grass. If your dog or cat spends a lot of time outside, it’s easy for them to pick up ticks.
What about indoor pets, though? How do they get ticks if they never step outside? In these situations, the tick hitched a ride into your home from the outdoors, most likely on a piece of clothing or a different animal. Then, it only takes a second for that tick to latch onto your pet. This is why indoor pets are still at risk of being infested.
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Are There Different Types of Ticks?
What Types of Diseases Do Ticks Carry That Can Affect My Pet?
Ticks can transmit various life-threatening illnesses. Some of the most common tick diseases that can impact your dog or cat include:
- 1. Lyme disease: The most common tickborne disease.3 Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection that affects both animals and humans.*
- 2. Anaplasmosis: Transmitted by deer ticks and Western black-legged ticks. It affects both dogs and cats and can lead to nervous system disorders.*
- 3. Babesiosis: Caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. It’s transmitted by the black-legged tick and is most common in the northeast and upper Midwest.*
- 4. Ehrlichiosis: Mainly transmitted to dogs via the brown dog tick or Lone Star tick. Symptoms include stiff and painful joints and a reduced appetite.*
5. Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF): This disease causes a fever, headache, and rash, and can be deadly if not treated early on with an appropriate antibiotic.*