Tick Control

Tick Control
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Ticks have eight legs instead of six and is a  cousin to spiders and mites. They live primarily on mammals and birds. Ticks are relatively large with soft rounded bodies. Most ticks attach to their host and feed for 12 to 25 hours before they drop off the host. Individual tick bites can cause reactions, which include skin damage, irritation, inflammation and hypersensitivity. Ticks can carry and transmit many diseases, for example; Lyme Disease, Canine Ehrlichiosis (leads to anemia), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others.

Unlike fleas, ticks are sluggish movers and can easily be picked off the dog with tweezers as it crawls about looking for a feeding spot.

  • Check your pet after a walk in the part (and yourself). Look for ticks around the dog’s head and ears, in areas under the arms and inside thigh areas. If you miss them crawling, you will likely find them later attached to the pet’s body as it feeds
  • Daily grooming can help find ticks that have not yet become embedded in the skin. Ticks can be picked up on a comb and clicked into a container of alcohol.
  • Embedded ticks should be removed immediately. First, use gloves or a plastic bag, grasp the tick firmly, rock it back and forth a few times and pull it out (tweezers can be used). If a patch of skin comes along with the tick, it is unlikely that any of the tick’s head has been left behind.
  • A dab of antiseptic cream on the spot where the tick was removed will help prevent a local infection, especially on tender ears, a favorite feeding place for ticks.
  • Controlling ticks in the environment: Keep grass trimmed and control the spread of shrubbery and tall weeds.
  • Perimeter pest control both indoors and out will reduce tick infestations.

 

A Ticks Life Cycle

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