Stopping Brown Dog Tick Infestations This Fall
August 31, 2018
It has been a while since we discussed the many problems brown dog ticks can cause. So, as a bit of a refresher, let's take a look at a few of the ways these ticks can be an issue for us and our pets and walk through the process on how to stop these ticks from infesting our properties this fall.
Brown dog ticks are unique among ticks because they are the only species that can complete their entire life cycle indoors! When temperatures begin to drop in the fall, wildlife animals, birds, and bats will become more inclined to seek shelter inside our homes. And when they get inside, they can bring these ticks in with them! Once inside, brown dog ticks can remain there, creating problems for homeowners and their four-legged family members.
As their name suggests, brown dog ticks prefer to feed on dogs but they may also attach to cats and sometimes even humans. When they do so, they can spread a variety of harmful diseases. The two diseases most commonly associated with brown dog ticks are Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, but they can spread several other diseases including canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis.
The process for stopping brown dog ticks works like this:
- Make sure your pets have been treated with veterinarian-prescribed tick products. This is your first line of defense.
- If rodents or other wildlife animals are finding their way into your home, it is important to find a way to seal them out. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to invest in rodent control services.
- If you have a dog, consider creating a fenced-in play area to help prevent wildlife from carrying ticks into areas of your yard where your dog plays and to help keep your furry family members from exploring the landscaping around your foundation perimeter and other areas of your property where questing ticks lay in wait for a host.
- When you go for a walk with your dog, avoid tall grass and woodland areas that do not have well-established paths. And make sure to check your dog for ticks when you arrive home before going inside. Two of the most common places you'll find ticks on your pet are in their ears and between their toes. To remove any ticks that you do find, use tweezers or a tick removal tool by pinching the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible and gently pulling upwards until the tick has been detached.
- Invest in an ongoing pest control service that works to reduce or eliminate ticks around your home.
If you need assistance with tick reduction, let Innovative Pest Control help. Our flea and tick program gets the job done! Give us a call to learn more.