Controlling Ticks

Controlling Ticks
Ticks can be controlled with available products if you focus on eliminating ticks from your pets; making sure that you have killed any ticks that may be hiding in your home; and by treating your yard and nearby wooded areas. Also remember that many wild animals such as deer, field mice and even birds carry ticks. If you live in an area known for ticks, check your pets (particularly those that spend time outdoors) regularly and treat your yard and nearby woods frequently to control any new ticks.

To Stop the Tick Cycle:
Kill the ticks on the dog, in the house, and in the yard. Regular maintenance also helps to prevent their return.

On the Pet
Ticks like dark, tight spots, such as the inside of the ears, between the toes and foot pads, the armpit area, and under the tail, so pay special attention to these areas.

In the House
If you have ticks in your house, you will need to remove anything that may offer a hiding place, such as old boxes, newspapers, or stored firewood. Apply a product that gets under furniture and into cracks and crevices, paying special attention to baseboards, window and door frames, paneling and fireplaces. Foggers can be used, as well, for an overall general treatment.

In the Yard
Ticks are most commonly found in grassy or wooded areas, so cut back any tall grass around your house. They also like leaves and vegetation. Pay special attention to underbrush, doghouses and kennels, woodpiles and areas where your pet likes to rest. Since ticks crawl up vertical objects, treat not only the ground but up onto vertical surfaces three to four feet.

Prevention Through Continued Maintenance
Products, such as collars, sprays and powders, allow you to provide continuous tick control. Also, lessen the chances of infestation by treating your pet prior to entering known tick areas.

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Article courtesy of PETsMART.com

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