Ticks can transmit a number of infections and diseases from animals to animals and from animals to humans. As they need to feed on a host to survive, the parasites search for a blood meal. When they find a way on to our skin or our pets they will try to embed themselves and suck blood. If the tick is infectious (not all are) there is a chance that the pathogens can be passed on and we can become unwell. Killing ticks is important as we do not want our pets or our families to become ill. There are several ways of killing these parasites and the methods used are usually dictated by the severity of the problem. After removing any ticks, crush and kill them to ensure they donít return or lay further eggs.
It is first important to establish where they came from (the source of the problem). If ticks are found on our pets then they need to be carefully removed before being crushed or killed. However, if they are found on our pets they may also have been transported round the home and yard, so check every area that they could possibly be. If they are found on you or your pets and youíre away from the home then you should look at the correct methods of removing ticks before destroying them. Once you are certain all parasites have been found on your pets, ensure they are adequately protected going forward with repellents, shampoos, powders and or meds. Killing ticks on dogs and cats is something that should be done as a matter of urgency.
Killing Ticks in Yard
Ticks can be killed and removed from the home by regular cleaning and vacuuming (bags need to be sealed and disposed of). They can also be killed through clearing, cutting back and maintaining a well kept yard. Mow the lawns short, sweep up leaves and any rubbish, clear tall weeds and cut back overgrown shrubs and trees. As the pests like to dwell in such areas, the openness to sun and wind will not make a friendly environment for the parasites to thrive. If they have humidity and the chance to fall and feed of rodents and other wild animals/garden pests, they will be able to reproduce and multiply, so prevent this. The use of insecticides could then be used to destroy any that remain.
Remember that many of the products used for killing ticks contain chemicals that can also be harmful to house pets and humans. Therefore, be sure you are familiar with the contents and prepare the area that you planning on targeting. Family and pets should be taken out of the area and protective clothes and face masks should be worn. If you lay powders or use sprays, make sure they come into direct contact with the pests, so that they are covered and cannot escape. These nasty parasites do a lot of harm, so prevention and control should be maintained after exterminating any you find.
Killing Ticks in the Home
Ways of destroying tics and keeping them at bay
Do your best to avoid picking up parasites by covering up your skin with clothes and by keeping your pets away from areas prevalent with ticks
Wear repellents on both your clothes and skin to prevent ticks wanting to climb on to you and your dogs or cats
Regularly check for parasites and if any are found dispose of them in a sealed container