If you fail to control the spread of ticks in good time, your dog may suffer from a massive tick infestation. Ticks can hide in your dog's fur, as well as other places, such as the yard. So it's crucial that you tick-proof your pet and the surrounding areas as well. Below are some effective guidelines you can use to prevent a tick infestation on your dog.
Inspect Your Dog
Inspecting your dog after returning from the outdoors helps you to identify any ticks present in its fur. Remove and dispose of any ticks that you might find. To dispose the ticks, you can wrap them with a piece of paper and dispose of in a sealable bin. Otherwise, you can flush the ticks down the toilet.
To remove a tick properly off your dog's skin, use tweezers or forceps. Grab the tick by its mouthparts or right behind the mouthparts, so that you can pull it out whole without detaching the mouthparts from the body. After that it's advisable that you wash the area where the tick was with soap and water so as to keep the area clean, advises Pest World.
Use a Tick Collar
Tick collars for dogs are effective in protecting dogs from ticks mainly around the neck and head regions. The collar is crucial in controlling a tick infestation on your dog, considering that 80 percent of ticks on dogs are found on the neck and head regions.
When strapping the tick collar in place, make sure that the collar fits close to your dog's skin. A properly fitted collar ensures that the drug on the collar rubs off on your dog's skin and fur where ticks hide. You can tell if the collar is tight enough by passing two fingers beneath it; the two fingers should fit firmly without leaving any space.
Treat Your Yard
The yard is a common hiding place for ticks and if you want to control the spread and multiplication of ticks you should treat your yard adequately. Ticks love hiding in shady and bushy areas, such as shrubs, fence lines, trees, wood piles and sheds.
Make sure you treat or destroy all possible hideouts for ticks. For instance, mow your lawn and keep the grass short, cut back bushy fence lines and dispose any woodpiles in your yard. Also, you may want to hire a pest control professional to apply an appropriate pesticide for ticks on common tick hiding places.
Ticks are common dog pets that can become hard to eliminate if they're not controlled and eliminated in good time. The tips above can help you control ticks and prevent an invasion on your dog.
Hello, my name is Frieda, and I have a small phobia of bugs and mice. As a result, I have learned everything possible about keeping these critters out of my home. As I have had all of my old pets artfully positioned by taxidermists, I have also learned niche skills such as keeping pests out of the fur of taxidermy animals. In this blog, I am going to put together the best of everything I know along with some tips from the pros. I hope you find the info you need to live a happy, healthy life in a bug and pest-free home. --Frieda