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Do Ticks Bite in Winter?

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Question: Do Ticks Bite in Winter?

I like to hike, especially in the winter when I don't have to worry about ticks. My friend told me that ticks bite in winter, too. Is this true? Do ticks bite in winter?

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Yes, your friend is right – some ticks do bite in winter. As long as temperatures stay below 35° F, ticks remain inactive. On warmer days, however, those ticks may be out looking for a blood meal. Anytime temperatures rise above 35° F, you should take precautions to avoid tick bites, just as you do in summer months.

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