Got A Live Christmas Tree? Clinic Warns To Check For Ticks

WWJ News
December 17, 2019 - 11:24 am

(WWJ) Ever considered an that an uninvited guest may come in on your Christmas tree? 

In Alberta, Canada, a tick was found in the home of a family that cut down their own tree, according to the Cochrane Animal Clinic.

Posting a photo of the bug nicknamed "Fred," the clinic wrote on Facebook: "We see ticks on many different species year round. So it may be a good idea to check your pets and selves when bringing natural trees indoors." 

While it’s believed to be uncommon for a tick to be transported via Christmas trees, the clinic noted that the ticks can be active at temperatures greater than around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (or 4 Celsius), and tha they can transfer from vegetation to various hosts while completing their life cycle. 

There are over 20 known tick species in Michigan, according to the state. Several species of ticks are known to bite people and pets, and may harbor dangerous bacteria, viruses or parasites. Not all ticks carry diseases, but tick-related diseases do occur in Michigan, and can be serious or even fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated.

If you think your pet may have a tick, or for tips on preventing ticks in pets, talk to your veterinarian. If you think you saw a tick on your skin and feel ill, it's important to talk to see a doctor right away. For help identifying ticks in Michigan, CLICK HERE.