Tick infestations can be hard to eliminate, but if you take necessary action at the right time, you can rid your pet and your home of these pesky parasites for good. Whenever ticks strike, their presence will not just be limited to your pet’s coat; they will be present in your house and outside it. Therefore, effective tick control involves not just treating your pet but also eliminating the infestation from your home, front lawn and backyard.
The best way to do this is to go step by step: start with your pet, then clean the indoors and lastly the outdoors. This may sound overwhelming, but with the right type of pest control products, you can do this all by yourself. Here is a handy guide to eliminating ticks from your home.
Treat all your pets
Treating your pets with the right tick control products is the first crucial step to ridding your home of ticks. But how do you choose the right type of tick control product? This depends on a number of factors. You need to take into consideration your pet’s breed, weight, age, any specific health issues and their general health.
Then you need to decide which form of pest control would work best for your pet. There are spot-on products that can be applied directly onto the pet’s skin, tick sprays, tick medication (oral pills), shampoos and baths, and medicated pet collars. Remember that your dog and your cat cannot be treated with the same tick control formula. Ask your vet which formulation is best suited to your pet.
Here is a quick reference guide to different types of tick control treatments you can use for your pet based on the factors listed above along with your vet’s advice.
These are very easy to use—just apply the product directly on the dog or cat’s skin by parting their hair around the neck and shoulder area, where they won’t be able to lick the product away. Generally the entire contents of the tube are required to be used in a single application. Read the label carefully for instructions.
Spot-on drops start showing results within 24 hours of application. Not all dead ticks may fall off your pet’s coat, so it’s important to remove each one carefully with tweezers. Reapply the spot-on medication after four to five weeks to curb new tick growth.
As the name indicates, this product is sprayed directly on your pet’s skin, killing the existing ticks and protecting against recurrence. You need to spray the product onto the pet’s coat and use your fingers to rub it into their skin (remember to wear gloves).
This is also an effective tick control remedy, but one that requires more time and effort than applying tick drops or spray. Pick a medicated shampoo that’s suitable for your pet’s species and age and give them a thorough deep-cleaning bath. The chemicals in the shampoo will instantly kill the ticks on your pet’s skin, thus making this method an effective quick-action remedy.
These are highly effective in not only killing ticks within 48 hours but also providing long-term protection against a new infestation. Tick collars secrete certain chemicals that are repulsive to ticks. Some pets may not like the odor emitted by tick collars. In that case, you can opt for other treatment pathways discussed above.
Based on the severity of the infestation, your vet may recommend a course of oral medication and perhaps vaccination as well.
Treat your home
If you pet has a tick problem, chances are it has spread to your upholstery, carpeting and bedding as well. Even if you find a single tick in your pet’s bedding or elsewhere in your home, you must treat your home with an indoor pesticide if you want to eliminate the problem from the root.
Indoor tick control products come in liquid, spray and powder form and can be easily applied onto various indoor crevices, under the sink, carpets, furniture, curtains, and so on. The treatment needs to be repeated as per manufacturer instructions.
Treat your yard
Treating the outdoor areas—patio, front lawn and backyard—where your pet plays and rests can help your dog emerge from the tick season healthy and happy. Liquid insecticide diluted in water and sprayed in the yard works best in killing ticks and their eggs in outdoor areas. Repeat the process at least once a month during tick season in your region.