We usually think of robins as the first sign of spring, but the new reality in Vermont seems to be that ticks are also one of the first creatures to reappear as the weather warms. As soon as the temperature sneaks above 35 degrees for more than a day or two, ticks start questing for a blood meal.
Please be vigilant. Inspect your dog or cat carefully after they come in from the outdoors. If you do find a tick, refer to our earlier post for removal instructions.
Ticks are not only gross, they can carry disease. Lyme disease is dramatically on the rise in Vermont and it can infect people as well as pets. Preventing attachment of the tick is the best defence.