Yup, you read that correctly ... NO TICK SEASON IN FLORIDA!
That's because they are present and hungry year 'round in my experience.
A "tick season" implies there is some beginning and end to their activity, and thus, some period of time where they are not an issue when walking in the woods.
This one was enjoying a bite just behind my knee. She needs the protein so she can make more.
This was the result of an brief dog walk in my woods where I skipped any insect repellent. These little arachnids aren't usually a problem if I stay to the path and don't dally too long amongst the brush. On this day, "usually" lived up to it's unreliable reputation.
I know there is a whole litany of techniques to remove embedded ticks ranging from the application of flame to all manner of chemical coatings, but I find a steady "grip and pull" works just fine.
This girl came out and took a ride down the toilet.
I try and avoid tick bites for the obvious Lyme Disease connection, but my more immediate concern is the itchy skin reaction to their bite. My skin doesn't react much to bites and stings, but ticks leave an itchy bump that lasts for a week or so.
Behind your knee is not too big a deal if you get the itch while in public, but ticks have a reputation for seeking out less acceptable public scratching areas, so I always keep some insect repellent in my JEEP for these woodsy adventures I share with you.
I usually spray socks and sneakers, jeans too if it's winter, but I keep the stuff off my skin as much as possible.
This seems to work well, since despite the photo above, I rarely get ticketed.