Ticks in the Home

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Getting Rid of Ticks in Home - Ticks can find their way into the home through multiple ways. They can crawl in through cracks and holes, be brought in by your pets, on your clothes and luggage or even by wild animals. There are several ways you can prevent parasites getting into your house and some of these are noted below. As ticks need to find a host to feed on, they will be looking to fall or crawl on to you, your family or your pets, so it is essential that you try to get rid of them before you have to deal with bites and potential illness (these parasites can carry infections and diseases).

You could begin by trying to establish where and how the ticks entered the home. This will give you the best chance of targeting them and exterminating all the adults, eggs, larvae and nymphs. Check around windows, doors, floorboards, ceilings and any other cracks or holes where they could access the home. These should be filled and blocked as a control method. If you have large shrubs, tall grass, weeds or trees that are growing near the house, then cut these back to lessen the chances of ticks dropping off and simply walking through the door. Maintaining a clean and kept yard, certainly close to the home will help keep tick infestations away. Sweep up any leaves, mow the lawns to a short length, remove any built up wood or garbage, move bird tables and feeders away from the home and make a safe zone around the home, so that parasites canít hide in wait. Ticks will stay in these areas hoping for mice and other garden pests to come along so they can fall on to them for a blood meal. They can also be transported into your yard by birds. You could also consider planting repelling plants around the garden and near to entrances to the home.

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Check your pets for parasites on a regular basis. If you live in an area where there are a lot of ticks, then it may be a good idea to check the pet after long walks or hunting, before they re-enter the home. Likewise, it is sensible to check your clothes if you have been out in wooded areas or thick long grass as ticks could attach themselves and then drop off once you are back home. Do this outside and then check your skin once you are in the house. Any ticks found should be killed and disposed of. If you have outdoor furniture (such a wicker) which the parasites could crawl into, it may be a risk bringing it back into the home without checking or treating it first. If you have found ticks in the home, then you will need to look at ways of exterminating them. Keeping a clean and tidy house can help - thorough and regular vacuuming, washing of mats, throws, sofa covers, bedding (certainly pet bedding) and general good sanitation will all help.

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There are several ways of killing ticks with products bought easily over the internet. To eradicate an infestation indoors, methods such as bombs, foggers, powders and sprays may also help. Pest control is always another option, as there are many companies that will come round to your home and do the job for you (normally as part of a regular programme). If you choose to buy a product to kill ticks in the home, then you will need to be aware of the risks with any chemicals and insecticides that are to be used. Always fully read the contents and follow the instructions carefully. Some foggers and bombs contain chemicals that are toxic to fish, and could harm pets and humans if they are inhaled. Normally, if such methods are used then the house will need to be vacated for a day or so whilst the chemicals work. Also with sprays and powders, it is important to not breathe in the particles. Protective clothes, gloves and face masks are good ways to protect you whilst applying tick control treatments.

If your pets have ticks, then it is likely they could have been transported all over your home. You will need to check furniture, bedding, carpets and anywhere else the pet may have gone. As female adult ticks can lay eggs in their thousands, deposits could be all over. These areas must be targeted quickly and with proven tick killing methods so that you donít have multiple infestations to deal with. You will also need to treat your pet at the same time. A visit to the local veterinarian may be the quickest option. They will be able to advise the best treatment and what control methods to impose going forward to help prevent your pet picking up such parasites again in the future. Once the home and any pets have been treated, look for ways to repel ticks and stop them coming back.

 

How to get rid of Ticks in Home

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