Ticks have long been the bane of pet owners across the country. In warmer weather, ticks abound and can move from being a serious nuisance to a true hazard to the health of both the people and pets within a home. The main difficulty in treating tick infestations is simply finding where they are hiding in order to eradicate them. The Brown Dog Tick is a particular pest that scientists label “cryptobiotic,” meaning it actually spends most of its time away from dogs or other victims while hiding in such tiny holes and nooks that it is near-impossible to detect. However, it is essential to eliminate ticks as they can carry Lyme disease, among many other illnesses that can cause fevers, weak musculature, joint pain, and many other negative symptoms.
Scientists have long been studying the Brown Dog Tick in hopes of finding a way to more efficiently destroy any growing pest populations in a home or on a pet. This is because a single tick can lay up to 5,000 eggs in its lifetime, causing enormous tick infestations in a property if not taken care of. Two recent studies show that ticks are increasingly resistant to the anti-tick chemicals many pet-owners use (the one rubbed beneath the fur between their shoulder blades), while carbon dioxide is being shown as truly effective in drawing ticks into bait traps. As methods are being perfected for tick pest control, here are other techniques you can use.
Protect You and Your Pets From Ticks
1. Constant Inspections
The longer ticks go without being dealt with, the more severe the infestation can become. Inspect your pets regularly and monitor your property for any signs of these pests. The moment you detect them, initiate proper pest control methods.
2. Learn Proper Tick Removal
If you discover a tick on your pet, employ safe tick removal procedures using gloves, tweezers, antiseptics, and rubbing alcohol. Learn the best method for tick removal and containment in order to swiftly deal with the pest before it can spread more disease.
3. Vacuum Pets and Property
If a tick is not embedded in your pet’s skin, a vacuum is a simple and easy way to eliminate them. The vacuum bag will contain the pest, and can then be thrown away. Vacuum your pet during tick inspections and also thoroughly vacuum your property to remove unwanted intruders in an efficient fashion.
4. Clean Property Interiors
Ticks thrive best in cluttered and dirty environments. The more your home is a mess, the more hiding and breeding places ticks have access to. Clean up your home to remove potential tick spawning hotspots.
Contact EcoShield today to learn more about tick pest management.