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TICK TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
The Tick is a blood sucking parasite that can be identified by its brownish color and a body that has two clearly separated sections. Ticks are also a member of the arachnid family, and have eight legs, same as their spider relatives. Ticks pose a threat to humans, as they can cause significant skin issues and transmit disease. Many ticks can be infected with multiple diseases, leading to a bitten individual being infected with more than one, and making it difficult to diagnose and treat. Ticks are commonly found in yards, kennels, and in homes, as their most common residential host is the pet dog.
Tick infestations occur in areas with warm temperatures, and high humidity. Ticks can go through the entire life cycle while living indoors, but humidity levels need to be high enough to ensure they do not dehydrate. They can reproduce rapidly into a huge problem and double in size when engorged after feeding.
Treatment for ticks can be done using a variety and combination of tick killer products. Residual insecticides can be applied for long-term, residual control, while insect growth regulators are used to ensure that larvae do not continue to develop. Treatments should be applied indoors and outdoors in an infested area, as the ticks travel on the host animals. Treat the entire area, and avoid doing spot treatment applications. Insecticides should also be applied vertically, as ticks can congregate on walls, fences and exterior structures.
For outdoor treatments, treat a 4-10 foot perimeter around the home, and also treat plant life and surrounding spots that may be harboring a po Regular treatment may be necessary in areas that are prone to heavy populations and re-infestations. Consult our Professionals for personalized advice!
Regular treatment may be necessary in areas that are prone to heavy populations and re-infestations. Consult our Professionals for personalized advice!
Warm weather can be great in many ways, especially if it allows you to spend lots of time outdoors with friends and family. However, it can come with a cost if you are dealing with an area that is known to have tick problems. So, with warm weather comes the outdoors and the thoughts and concerns of ticks on our pets and family.
Tick control needs to be a high priority in the warmer summer months, the insect can cause you and your pet great distress. Not only does the thought of ticks sucking you and your pet’s blood out, but they are also known to transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can cause serious medical problems. So, it is important for you and your pets to keep a watchful eye on your surroundings and keep brush down to prevent easy harborage areas. If you are in a heavy tick population area, then it may be advisable to be proactive and spray a good permethrin product at the beginning of summer and think about applying Bifenthrin granules for long term control of ticks and fleas.
Good news for you is that now you have the option of Doing It Yourself Pest control with the same professional pest control products that used to be available to only pest professionals. Ticks are the most important vector of humans, other than mosquitoes, and cause important diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Ticks will lay their eggs in various locations, but not on their host, as the young ticks will seek out a host after hatching. The adults of the dog tick will usually reside in between the toes and behind the ears of your pets. Dogs do not get ticks from other dogs, because each active stage of the tick after engorging, drops from the animal, to either molt or lay their eggs. Each individual dog then picks up the ticks from an infested area, whether it is a kennel, wood property, vet’s office or a similar location. A female tick, after engorging on blood from their host, can lay from a few 100 eggs to 5000 eggs; that my friend is a lot of ticks. She will lay these inside cracks and crevices, behind baseboards and loose pieces of plaster, or anywhere that is a tight space. With one tick coming from outside on your pet, you can end up with a full all out tick war going on inside your home. Once they hatch from the egg, sicks can survive in the larval stage for up to 8 months without feeding. They will lay in wait until a dog brushes by them, and then they’ll climb aboard and start feeding. They will feed for about 4 to 6 days, and after that, they will fall off and the cycle will start all over again. Imagine this happening over and over again with 5000 ticks, and each time they produce, let’s say just 500 eggs, you would be living in tick hell, very quickly.
Proper Control of the Brown Dog Tick
A good residual insecticide will be necessary, and you need to remember that this particular tick is a pest of the areas in which dogs are commonly in, not the woods or field as with other types of ticks. For proper control, you will want to treat the animal, the home and the surrounding areas of the yard, all in the same day. You want to be thorough and complete in your application of the house and surrounding yard. The Larvae and nymphs are usually found crawling up the walls, so a more successful treatment will include spraying up about 3 feet. Also, if your dog has access to crawl spaces, do not forget to treat those areas. You can apply a good dust in the cracks, crevices, voids, baseboards, and window and door frames, as this will make sure you have covered all your basis for where they can be harboring. You can use a good insecticide that is labeled for use for tick control for most spot treatments. An aerosol insecticide, such as Precor 2000, which is labeled for ticks and fleas, will work perfectly for use on furniture, carpet and rugs.
These professional tick control products are very effective at killing ticks and keeping them away from your home and property. For most tick control treatments, it will be necessary, depending on the level of the infestation, to take a multi-pronged approach.
First, use a contact spray to get rid of the visible fleas and ticks quickly. You will want to treat furniture, carpeting and other surfaces where these insects like to hide. You will also want to get a spray or foam treatment that is specifically designed for use in your pets. There are great products, such as Petcor, that are labeled for use on your pets. Here at ePestSolutions.com, we all have pets and we love them dearly. Petcor is something we use regularly for fleas and ticks.
A good aerosol spray for use inside the home on the furniture, carpet, pet bedding etc. will ensure you can apply a good insecticide to all the surfaces that ticks may be hiding out, without saturating or staining the fabric.
For outside tick control, think about using a concentrated product for ongoing protection. A good strong permethrin will get the job done, killing any living ticks quickly and efficiently. There are also granules and other tick killers that you can use outdoors to keep these pests from getting near your home. Remember that when you are applying an outside insecticide, you will want to think like a tick and spray up about 3 feet on all the surfaces, including the house, fences line and shrubs or brush.
With ePestSolutions.com, you can control ticks like a professional with professional pest control chemicals. Using the right products, such as Precor 2000 Flea and Tick Spray or Permethrin 36.8%, for your lawn will make all the difference in the world. Once your tick problem is under control, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent any of the tick problems from coming back.
It is also important to inspect your pet often for any ticks that may be feeding on them, by using a good pet spray, especially if they have been playing in areas that are known to have ticks.
Apply a good perimeter spray of insecticide for your yard to keep ticks from being able to survive. You can also apply a granule insecticide that will last for about 90 days of protection for not only ticks, but also fleas and other insects.
At ePestSolutions, we take the time to know about our products and their proper application. There are large amount of insecticides that will be labeled for ticks, but we know what will work the best. So no matter what your pest or problem is, we are here to help and save you money by Doing Your Own Pest Control.