When having animals one of the things that you need to consider is what to give your dog and cat for flea and tick control. When you take medications for your own health you do your research and try and find out what are the side affects of taking a medication. The same amount of research and care should also be used when determining what to give your pets in order to control fleas and ticks.
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The following article will cover tick repellent methods and means of keeping you, your family and your pets safe from all of the dangerous and deadly diseases that these blood-sucking pests are known to carry.
If you are a pet owner, then you very likely are at least somewhat familiar with a tick and what it is. Ticks have 8 legs, but they aren’t exactly spiders. These creatures attach themselves to mammals and feed on blood. Male ticks are actually known to increase up to five times in size in a single feeding, sometimes drinking blood until they explode. A small amount of anesthetic that the ticks administer keeps them from being detected, and female ticks can lay thousands of fertile eggs on their own with a single blood meal. These eggs can be laid on the exterior in your yard or bushes or they can be laid inside your home.
The first step for keeping ticks off you and your pets should be to thoroughly inspect everyone for any ticks that may already exist. Check through the fur of every pet you have – consider shaving the pets hair if possible as it can often times be hard to detect the ticks with large amounts of hair in the way. The ticks will go for soft spots, so be sure to check the underside of your pet very well.
Most pet shampoos perform decently against fleas, but you need something very strong if you want to kill a tick in a bath. Ticks can live underwater for days at a time, so don’t bother trying to drown it. It is recommended that you take your pet to the vet to have a tick removed, especially if you have noticed any strange behavior from the animal the tick was attached to. The head of the tick can sometimes remain under the skin of your animal if you try to yank the tick out, and squishing a tick can potentially transfer a disease to you or your pet, so be sure to seek out professional help if you do find a tick on your pet.
Removing the ticks that are actually attached to you or your pets right now isn’t enough; you have to keep these ticks off your property (or keep your pets away from tick-infested areas) if you don’t want to be dealing with them on a constant basis. Remember, ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other harmful diseases, so they are really nothing to mess around with.
Ticks are most commonly found in forests and other areas that have a number of surfaces (such as a tree) that a tick can wait on for an animal to rub up against. Avoid allowing your dogs or cats to roam free in any areas that you think may contain ticks.
It is very common to have ticks and fleas in your back yard or where ever your animals go and play. By spraying trees and plants and the lawn with a good flea and tick barrier will bring some relief for the fight against these pesky pest. I have heard of some all natural garlic based mosquito barrier treatment products on the market, but I cannot swear that these do work or not. Being in the pest control industry I am still feel that using chemicals like bifen and talstar still works the best for the control of fleas and ticks.