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How to Get Rid of A Tick

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Ticks can be a nuisance whether they are in your house, on your pet’s thick coat or in your garden. They carry with them multiple harmful blood-borne infections and diseases such as the Lyme disease. Other disease when transmitted from ticks to pets can even cause their death. This makes them a deadly threat which is why it must be dealt with at the earliest. 

If you have recently discovered ticks in your home or on your pet, this article will discuss some natural home remedies to get rid of them without investing $$$ in professional fumigation services or store-brought chemicals that can damage your furnishings and be hazardous to your pet’s health. But first, let’s learn about them a little, shall we?

About Ticks

Ticks are similar to spiders but tinnier. They are inhabitants of the arachnid family. In insect-terminology, they go by their official name arthropods. They are blood suckers (no pun indented) as they larch themselves onto the skin of their prey and feed upon their blood. Due to their tiny size, they are often difficult to be spotted –especially in a pet’s fur. These are most commonly found in home during warm weather like springs and summers.

The 5 Ways to Get Rid Of Ticks

Ticks on their own may seem harmless in nature; it is the pathogens they carry that are harmful. Even the tiniest of bites can transfer them in the blood and cause an infection. The reason why most people don’t spot them so easily is because its prick is painless. Rarely do people feel any pinch when it bites into one’s skin. The same goes for our pets. It is only when the symptoms start to show that the person or pet realizes it has been infected. The most common symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, dizziness, joint pain, swelling and redness and sometimes even numbness.

To prevent you from going through any such uneasiness, below are 5 home remedies to get rid of ticks from the home.

  1. Zesty Citrus Brew

We all are aware of the innumerable benefits citrus has on one’s skin. But how many of us know that citrus can also be used to prevent a tick infestation?

To prepare the brew, peel some oranges, lemons or any fruit with citrus in it and put the peels in two to three cups of water and boil them in large pot. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for a minute before turning the heat off. Let the peels cool and once they have cooled to room temperature, apply them on the tick to remove it without any pinching or tweezing.

Tip: Strain the water but don’t throw it away. Fill a spraying bottle with the citrus infused water to make an instant tick repellent for your pet.  

  1. Mint Leaves + Lemon + Apple Cider Vinegar Trio

Mint is considered a soothing agent. It is used in a plethora of ailments and treatments which is why, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we say that it also a natural tick repellent. Thanks to it pungent smell and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used as a tick extractor. To prepare the mixture, you will need 10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar two lemons and approximately 10 minute leaves. Blend it together and apply the thick extract onto the skin to get rid of the ticks.

  1. Salt and Baking Soda Combo

This is an excellent insect repellent combo. Simply mix the two powers together and sprinkle it in the corners of the house to repel and kill any tick, parasite or flea.

  1. Rosemary –The Perfumed Killer

Rosemary can easily be found in everyone’s pantry. You may have used it to add some aroma to your soups and Italian breads but did you know it is also an excellent tick extractor?

To prepare the mixture to be applied, pour two glasses of water into a pot and add rosemary leaves and a few lemon or orange peels onto it. Let it come to a boil on low to medium heat. Remove from heat and let it cool at room temperature. Pour the mixture onto the skin and rub it a little. This will extract the tick immediately and even leave a calming effect on the infected skin.  

  1. Neem Oil Spray

To prepare the spray, infuse together ½ ounce of organic neem oil with ¼ ounce of castile soap or any mild detergent. Add two cups of water to the solution and mix it well.  Fill it in a spraying bottle and spray it all over the infected area or onto skin.

Use Our Professional DIY Products for Tick Control

If home remedies are not doing the trick in removing your tick issue, you can always turn to Solutions Pest & Lawn for an answer to get rid of ticks. If you discover that your pet has a tick latched onto it, give your pet we carry called Martin’s Prefurred which we have for either dogs or cats which you can use to spot treat and get those ticks off your pet. We also recommend using a spray such as Petcor so they do not continue to spread the infestation. A Flea Tick and Mange dip is also a smart way to remove ticks from your pet.

To treat ticks Indoors, we also recommend using a mixture of an insecticide spray and an IGR for best results. We suggest Reclaim IT and Gentrol Point Source IGRMix these products together and apply according to the instructions on the label. We also recommend reapplying this 14 days after and doing so repeatedly until there are no more tick problems.

Lastly, treating your yard outdoors. We recommend treating your yard with a granular or liquid insecticide. Ticks are usually introduced to your yard by wildlife, rodents, stray animals, etc. and using Bifen LP or will prevent establishment of the infestation when the wildlife comes back around. You can use Reclaim IT to create a barrier that will prevent ticks from residing on your property and venturing close or into your home.

Preventing a Tick Infestation in Homes

It may seem almost impossible to keep ticks out of your home, but it isn’t impossible. In fact, if one adapts these practices on a regular basis, the house will remain tick-free forever. What practices exactly? Let’s takes a closer look at these preventive measures to limit their contact with our pets and furnishings in our home.

  • Limit your pet’s outings unless needed. Try to keep them in smooth surfaces more than in muddy or damp areas. Mud and water makes for easy latching of ticks. Make them wear a flea collar if necessary. If ticks have been infested, use tweezers to remove each and every tick before allowing them inside the house.

  • Regularly vacuum your carpets and rugs to avoid making them a breeding ground.

  • Always wash your laundry, clothes, blankets, bed linens and cushion lining in hot water as coming in contact with hot water will kill the tick immediately.

  • Spray essential oils in the corners of your house to keep them sanitized.

  • Keep your spaces clutter-free especially your garden and hanging planters as they can become a breeding ground for ticks before you even know it.

Conclusion

Ticks can be a hazardous pest to encounter and you surely don’t want a tick to latch onto you or your pets. Follow the steps and tips we’ve laid out above and get rid of your tick problem today with the help of our suggested products. For more information call us anytime at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or log onto live chat on our website.

 

 

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