Infestations of Brown dog ticks indoors can be treated with liquid insecticide applied to the areas where the pets sleep or rest. Baseboards and carpeting in these areas should be treated. The backyard (ground and tall grass along edges) can be treated in spring if an abundance of tick is expected.
An effective prevention strategy for ticks is applying insect repellent to shoes, boots, pants cuffs, and ankles before walking in tick infested areas. Flea and tick collars for pets can be effective, but have to be renewed regularly.
If you enjoy spending time in nature during the summer, you are probably familiar with the threat of ticks. There are 80 species of ticks in the U.S. and over 850 worldwide.1 Approximately 12 of these species are associated with major health concerns. Ticks require an animal host to develop and rely on the blood of humans and animals to survive. This blood-feeding means that they can transmit many serious diseases to both humans and pets. Precautions should be taken during peak tick time to avoid bites. This ultimate guide to ticks will help you learn to identify the most common species, prevent exposures, and treat problems associated with ticks. We will also update you on the great Harris products that are available to help you take control of the tick population around your yards and homes.