How To Get Rid Of Seed Ticks
Dogs are man’s best friend. They are loyal, cute, fun, and anything you need for a partner. This will lead to many people adoring their beloved pets. While dogs love to play catch and run around the park, they may need proper maintenance like every other pet. Proper hygiene and such is a must when taking care of dogs. Giving baths, cleaning the fur, checking signs of a problem, dogs may as well be taken care of like a human. But what separates man from dog happens to be a certain bug. Some may even call it an involuntary movement of a muscle or a blood-sucking arachnid – ticks.
Ticks are not only hazardous to your pet, but it can also irritate you as its owner. Ticks can make dogs have fits and give them restless hours trying to scratch them out. Of course, you can’t just sit there and do nothing because your beloved pet is in pain. Ticks are easiest to eliminate in their first stage of growth. They have a grand total of 4 stages of growth, from egg, larva, nymph, and adult. The ticks you may spot in your canine maybe the larva stage, more commonly known as seed ticks. They have six legs and soon-to-be 8 once they fed on a host and become nymphs. Be wary that leaving the tick or letting them grow into nymphs can lead from spreading serious disease to causing health problems for you and your pups. Yes, they can have humans for a host as well. Here are tips on how to get rid of seed ticks.
Observe proper hygiene
As it always does, hygiene is the best weapon against the blood-sucking arachnid. Take a shower and wash your skin rigorously but gently over warm water. Do this as soon as you spot a six legged seed tick anywhere in your body. They are usually white and are very visible in broad daylight. After showering, check your pets for them and see to it that they get the same treatment.
As soon as you see a seed tick on your dog, immediately give him a flea bath as soon as you can. Tick shampoo can be purchased for use from your pet store. Make sure you wash thoroughly and kill all eggs and larva on the dog to prevent future nesting.
Clean up your home and environment
Your home may also be housing more than just your family and pets. Check for ticks especially in places your dog rests or sleeps. Baking soda will do the trick followed by coordinated vacuuming of the area.
Carpets make probable hosts for ticks to live in. Use pyethrins to spray them out and kill them. Do not limit your hunt to just carpets. Furry floor mats and pet bedding may also house ticks so don’t forget to check those.
Use insecticide and similar tick removal products
When you and your pet are done with the wringer, it’s time to sanitize your home to make them tick-free. Areas of infestation in your home should be met by insecticide and proper application of similar products. Insecticides also pose a threat to you and your family so use caution when using and follow the steps correctly.
Take your pet to the vet
If your pet is seriously infested by seed ticks, you should take it to the vet and have the professional check him up.