Having to remove ticks from your pets during the summer and spring is a nuisance. Not only are these pests annoying and ugly to look at, they can also be dangerous to your pets because of various diseases they carry and their small size. They also can migrate from your pests to bit you if you are always in close proximity to your pets. Fortunately, there are numerous methods for keeping your pet free of ticks. Here are just some you can consider.
The most effective way to keep ticks out of your yard is to treat for them before the season really opens. Keeping your house and yard free of pests will make it significantly more likely that your pet will not attract ticks. Keep your bushes and trees trimmed and get your property treated by a pest control professional.
One of the simplest ways to keep your pet free of ticks is to use spot-on treatment medication which can easily be bought over the counter at your veterinarian or at a pet store. These often keep both ticks and fleas away and they are effective for about a month. But be careful about which medication you use. If in doubt, ask your veterinarian.
This method is time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it is also very efficient. It is also quite inexpensive. Special anti-tick shampoos can also be bought at most pet stores. Although this method is cheaper than spot-on treatments, it has a downside – shampooing needs to be repeated every two weeks as the ingredients in the shampoo won’t last as long as some other methods.
There are many options when it comes to pills that repel ticks. The pros of this method is that it is easy to use and it won’t be a danger to any children coming in contact with your pet immediately after application, which can happen with shampoos and spot-on treatments. Another pro is that the pill is usually given once a month, so you won’t have to constantly worry.
Although this method works mostly to protect the neck and head from ticks, it is great for pets that don’t go out too often. But the collars don’t last very long and they have to be in close contact with the fur and skin of your pet to be effective, which might cause them discomfort. They can also cause allergies, so you need to read the label carefully before putting them on.
A tick powder is simply powder that kills and repels ticks (and sometimes fleas). It is efficient and the price is affordable, but it needs to be used carefully. When buying, check that the powder is made for your pet’s species and make sure it is designed for the right age. The powder should not be ingested, so you need to be careful when applying it.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of different pests and use that knowledge when developing a pest control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.