There are many methods of tick control. As they can find a way on to you, your family, your house-pets (all known as hosts), in your home and into your yard it is well worth exercising some of the ideas below to help manage ticks. These parasites can spread infection and disease through their saliva when they bite a host, and although not all ticks carry diseases, you still want to control the small parasites from causing any discomfort or irritation to your environment.
Tick control for people is pretty straight forward; there are just precautions you need to remember to take if you are visiting areas where ticks are prevalent. Firstly itís worth considering protective clothing - wear long pants if you are walking through tall grasses, ensure they are tucked into socks and wear appropriate footwear which will not allow parasites the chance to crawl on to the skin of your lower body. Wear a top that covers you from the waist upwards and ensure itís tucked into your pants. A hat is also a good idea if you are walking through woods or forests where these parasites may drop out of the trees. Ticks can be transported on birds and squirrels so they could quite easily be up above where you are walking or hunting. For any areas of skin that arenít covered, spray and rub in a suitably strong repellent such as Deet. Your clothes can be treated with other repellents specifically for clothing - be careful not to spray any repellents near your eyes. When returning from the outdoors, thoroughly check your clothes and skin for ticks before going back in the home.
Tick control for dogs and for cats - To control ticks on your house-pets, you could choose to avoid letting them go where the parasites may be hiding? If this isnít possible (as it isnít for a lot of people), then a healthy balanced nutritional diet, regular grooming, sanitising their bedding, basket or kennel will all help. You could approach your local veterinarian for advice on which repellent would be best to use for your type of pet. Always be cautious with products that contain chemicals and toxins as they can be harmful (sometimes fatal) to certain animals. Never use a dog product on a cat or vice versa. Methods such as a spray, dip, shampoo, powder or tick collar could all beneficial - however seek advice on which one would be best. If you have housing specifically for your house-pet, then ensure that this is treated with a suitable and safe insecticide. Most products will help destroy a whole variety of insects. Always thoroughly check your pet for parasites before they come back into the home (behind the ears, on their paws, under the fur) and make this a regular exercise after returning from excursions. Although not all ticks carry diseases, you still want to capture and remove them from pets as soon as possible.
Home tick control - To manage ticks in the home, there are many steps you could take - some which work hand in hand with managing the yard. You will want to consider preventing any unwanted animals and pest entering your household through holes, cracks, doorways or windows. Conduct a search and fill in any gaps where small insects might crawl in. Block up holes along the floor, fill cracks in floorboards and under window sills. If mice, rats, squirrels and birds etc cannot bring parasites in, then it will only be you, your family and pets that can transport them into the house. Regular cleaning, vacuuming and disinfecting are good control methods - ensure you are targeting all bedding, upholstery and anything that remains on the floor such as rugs, mats or covers. Insecticides can be sprayed, foggers and bombs used, and powder spread throughout (certainly in the carpets) to help. Always carefully follow the instructions and understand what chemicals are being used. Make sure you aim these products into the hard to reach areas where ticks are likely to take up shelter before looking for a blood meal. Clear the areas where your pets sleep by treating them before, during and after tick season. Always check yourself and your pets for parasites before you re-enter the house.
Tick Control Yard - To control ticks in the yard, there are a wealth of techniques. Maintaining a clean and clear area is of the upmost importance. Cut the lawns and keep the grass short, sweep up any leaves and clear any rubbish. Keep dark and warm areas such as under trees, shrubs, flowers and plants clear and treated. Cut back any trees and large shrubs which are close to the house, as birds may transport parasites in and they can easily fall off and enter the home. Any permanent structures for keeping wood or outdoor equipment are better off slightly away from your house, as are bird feeders and other objects that encourage wild animals into the yard (such as garbage cans, picnic tables, vegetable patches and unmonitored food). Cut back any over grown scrub at the parameter of your property and plant natural repelling plants. If you are able to put up fencing and other blockades to discourage animals such as deer, foxes, badgers and bears - do so (this will lower the amount of potential ticks brought in). Ticks may be in your neighbours yard, so place barriers in between so that animals are discouraged to enter your property. You can treat your lawns and parameters with sprays and powders. There are many products you can purchase on the internet or why not call in your local pest control company for peace of mind and ease.
Control of Ticks
What are the best Tick Control methods?
Read about the facts before tick season, understand their lifecycle, how to remove a parasite safely and how to deal with bites
Ideas for repelling parasites on you and your pets. Prevent them getting on dogs, cats, cattle and humans
If you are worried about harsh products that contain harmful ingredients then take a look at our natural tick control page for alternative options - always exercise caution if using products near dogs, cats and children