Control, Elimination of American
American Dog Tick elimination is a
combination of chemical
control methods in and around your home, as well as removing
ticks from your dogs. Chemical
elimination of ticks includes insecticide sprays and insecticide dusts.
This article will detail both because both are important if you wish to rid your
home and property of ticks. The more you understand this stubborn pest,
the easier it will be in eliminating it. You might want to take time to
Biology and Habits if you have not already done so.
Non-chemical tick control procedures should
be implemented along with chemical control methods. These non-chemical
control measures will greatly reduce tick problems. Keeping grass and
weeds cut short in tick infested areas increases tick desiccation during hot
weather, discourages alternative hosts and lessens the amount of plant material
which may need a pesticide application to kill ticks. Removal of birds'
nests in and around the property will reduce tick numbers, especially of soft
ticks. Removal of clutter and debris on the property will also
discourage rodent populations. You should also remove nesting material
left by rodents. Screening and sealing entry points (used by squirrels,
raccoons, chipmunks, rodents, bats, etc.) to houses and other structures will
also greatly reduce tick problems in and around the home. Sealing
cracks and crevices where ticks can hide, both inside and on the exterior of
your home, will aid in tick management.
Habitat change is very important in tick
control. Since ticks cannot hop or fly to get to their host, they must
climb onto an object (such as tall vegetation, fences, etc.) and wait for a
potential host to travel close by. Detecting shadows, vibrations, exhaled
carbon dioxide or other host odors, the tick then drops from their tall perch to
attach themselves to their host. Tall vegetation not only gives ticks
easier access to their next passing host but also prevents insecticide
applications from giving you the thorough coverage that you need.
Pesticides that just "sit" on tall grasses, weeds and other vegetation
are easily destroyed by sunlight. Properties and fence rows that are
overgrown with weeds and tall grass offer excellent harborage for tick carrying
rodents and reptiles; vegetation that grows too tall will naturally go to seed,
attracting birds, rats, mice and other creatures that feed on seed. In
summary, tall vegetation will severely inhibit your tick control!
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In many cases, dogs (one of the main
targets of ticks) will pick up ticks while roaming through wooded or overgrown
areas, and also when taken for walks through parks. During the peak of
tick season, you should limit your dog's access to these areas. The only
tick collar that we have seen work consistently is the Preventic
Tick Collar for Dogs. You could also use Frontline
Topspot as a topical treatment or spray your dog with a solution made from Permethrin-10
if your dog is exposed to areas suspected to be tick infested.
Regular examination and grooming of pets (especially dogs) and frequent cleaning
of their bedding is also strongly recommended. Infested pet bedding should
be carefully washed or disposed of. The area around the pet bed should be
carefully and thoroughly treated (see insecticide treatment) with an approved
dust or spray. It has to be emphasized that the dog must be treated if the
infestation is to be eliminated.
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Pro is the best spray to use for outdoor and indoor
tick elimination. Permethrin Pro cannot be
shipped to MA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK, DC. This product should be
used for tick prevention outdoors during tick season. Many people use
Permethrin Pro for all of their pest control needs because it is safe,
economical, low-odor, water-safe for fabrics and effective against all household
pests, when label instructions are followed. Insecticide dusts are also
needed for indoor ticks.
Outdoors, special attention should be paid to lawns,
shrubbery and crawl spaces under buildings of any size. These areas should
be thoroughly treated with Permethrin Pro to kill ticks and to prevent
infestations of fleas, ticks, ants and other pests. Apply Permethrin
Pro outdoors with a hose-end sprayer
only -- using a pump sprayer will not work! Treat all tick habitats, spraying shrubbery up to a
height of 2 to 3 feet. If at all possible, mow grass and weeds on any
vacant lot frequented by you, your pets and any other creature (rats, mice,
raccoons, birds, reptiles) that can come into contact with your family.
These areas should also be treated with Permethrin Pro. The
recommended rate for killing outdoor ticks is 1 ounce of Permethrin Pro per
1,000 square feet of lawn. For prevention, 1 ounce of Permethrin Pro will
cover 2,000 square feet. Permethrin Pro cannot be
shipped to MA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK, DC.
Because of a tick's ability to detect and avoid pesticides,
you must begin your pesticide application at the exterior of your home (or other
structures), then work out and away from the house. This will help prevent
"flushing" or "running" ticks up and into your home from
outdoors. Keep pets and children off of any treated surfaces until dry.
Pro is one of the safest
(and most effective) products on the professional market, but good safety
practices are always smart -- read and follow all label instructions.
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All tick life stages can be found in cracks and
crevices in the infested home. Spray all baseboards, furniture, flooring
beneath furniture and flooring adjacent to walls with Permethrin
Pro. Permethrin Pro cannot be shipped to
MA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK, DC. Permethrin
Pro is a low odor product which is water-safe for fabrics. This means that
Permethrin Pro will not harm your furniture, tile, hardwood floors, throw rugs
or carpet, if water will not harm the same materials. Pay close attention
to areas frequented by pets. After your Permethrin Pro application has
dried, apply Drione Dust to all cracks and
crevices, edges of carpets, under throw rugs, behind baseboards, behind door
moldings and under and on pet bedding. When used as directed, Drione
Dust and Permethrin
Pro are safe
to use in homes where there are children and pets. Drione Dust contains
silica gel, which has a desiccating (or drying) action on ticks and other pests.
Be prepared to make second or third applications of your indoor tick control
products. Ticks can go without feeding for such long periods (during which
time they stay concealed), they often do not contact treated surfaces before the
application wears off. This is why many people get discouraged while
trying to manage an indoor tick infestation.
where your family or dog might come into contact with ticks. Treat all
areas indoors (where ticks might come into
contact) with Permethrin
Keep pets and children off all treated areas until dry. After pesticide
application has thoroughly dried, apply Drione Dust
to cracks, crevices, hiding places as well as under and in pet beds.
Repeat spray and/or dust applications in 7 - 10 days as needed. Ticks must
be removed from dogs to obtain control -- even
outdoor only dogs which family members come in contact with on a daily basis.
Pro Cannot be shipped to
MA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK.
be shipped to AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IA, ME, MA, MN, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ,
NY, ND, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY.
Dust Cannot be shipped to AK. Delta
Dust may be used as an alternative in some states.
Dust Cannot be shipped to NY, NJ, CT, VT,
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