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How To Control Ticks

If you have pets, one of the common things to be worried about when you’re an owner are the potential parasites which can use your pet as a host. This can be a really irritating experience for your pet and can potentially lead to a tick deciding to use you as a host!

There are a variety of ticks that you or your pet can encounter when outdoors. Among the various species of tick there are seven types of ticks that are most common in the United States: The American dog tick, Blacklegged tick, Brown dog tick, Gulf Coast tick, Lone Star tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick and the Western blacklegged tick. Aside from grossing us out and being a pain in the butt, ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia to name a few.

When ticks latch on to you or your pet, they can’t easily be plucked off as their grip is exceptionally strong for a little insect so it’s better to not have to deal with them in the first place. Having the right products and know-how on getting rid of ticks is important to help you kill, deter and outright prevent infestations of ticks.

Solutions Pest & Lawn can help provide you everything you need to eliminate ticks from your property and home quickly and conveniently. We can provide you expert advice either in person at our stores or here online via our website and customer service line where we can help you to choose the best products and apply the best tips to protect you, your family and your pets from this irritating parasite.

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How To Get Rid of Ticks: 3 Step SolutionTick hitching a ride on a dog

Because ticks almost always find their way indoors by first hitching a ride onto pets, it is important to first thoroughly check your pets for any ticks that are latched onto them before going about a treatment program to protect your home and outdoor property against tick infestations. Solutions Pest and Lawn is happy to share with you a simple to follow 3 step tick treatment program that we developed from years of experience in both applying and selling insecticides through our stores.


Step 1:  If you are a homeowner then there are two ways that a tick infestation can develop on your property or inside your home: you either have a pet bringing them in, or they are hitching a ride in on your pant-leg while you are in the yard. Ticks typically survive via living off the blood of a host, which is normally a pet or animal of some sort. Knowing this information, the first step in getting rid of ticks is to inspect and treat the source, which is often your domesticated pet. For these reasons we recommend treating your pet with a topical flea treatment which we carry called Martin’s Prefurred which we have for either dogs or cats. We also recommend using a spray such as Petcor so they do not continue to spread the infestation.


Step 2: Indoors, we recommend conducting a thorough vacuuming of all floor surfaces every other day and disposing of the bag or rinse out the canister. This will help to swipe up any live ticks that are hiding in your carpet or any tick eggs that have been laid. We also recommend using a mixture of an insecticide spray and an IGR for best results in controlling ticks inside your home. We suggest Novacide Flea & Tick Killer because it is an adulticide as well as a built in IGRApply these products 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.


Step 3:  Outdoors we recommend a combination of cultural control and insecticides. Trim back your trees and shrubs as much as possible and remove any clutter or leaf litter from your yard. Once this is done, 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. It is also wise to  spray at least 5 feet up trees and house/structure siding because that is where the ticks will crawl to molt.


Browse our tick killing products below. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us for help any time either via phone, email or online live chat.


Ticks Got You Scratching Your Head?

We tend to stop thinking about fleas and ticks when the cold months start rolling in, but do our pets. Fleas and ticks on your dog or cat will not be affected by the cold outside so we need to pay just as much attention in December as we do in May.


Check your pets for fleas and the feces blood spots and using a good flea comb after bathing time is always a great tool for inspection. Check for ticks between their paws and ears. Thick coats on animals can make it difficult to locate if any ticks are there until they are fully engorged with blood. Spraying your pets with a flea and tick spray is very helpful; something like Petcor will do the trick.


If you miss one single engorged female on the inside she can successfully deposit her full load of up to 5000 eggs, hidden in some crevice or void. And then you will have a problem. So inspect your dogs carefully daily, and remove any ticks quickly in the proper manner.


On the outside think about the areas that ticks will be the highest concentrations, in heavy brush. This may also a good time to remove excessive brush and plantings in the pet’s area. And think about applying a good residual insecticide in the early spring if you are in an area of heavy tick infestation.


But no matter your pest problem, flea or tick you can find a full line of solutions at Solutions Pest & Lawn

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How To Identify Ticks

It can be quite unpleasant to be enjoying the great outdoors and end up with a tick on yourself, your children or your family pet. Ticks are found all over the world and are parasite, meaning they survive and thrive by living off the body of a host. You may often get ticks confused with spiders, which makes sense because they are arachnids and share the same insect family as spiders and mites.


As of this writing there are 850 known species of tick which have been discovered, with up to 90 species of that group located in the United States. While properly identifying the species of a tick may require the help of an entomologist, you can identify a tick yourself by looking out for the basic characteristics which all ticks have.


If you have been encountered a tick or you, a pet or someone you know has fallen ill from a tick latched onto them, properly identifying a tick can be a big help in getting treated and removing the tick.




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Common Tick Characteristics

While there are a lot of different ticks you can come into contact with, they are mainly divided into one of two types: soft ticks and hard ticks.


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Most ticks that people and pets encounter are hard ticks which are classified as such due to their hardened, shield on their backs called the scutum and their mouthparts which are clearly visible when looking at the tick from above.

Soft ticks on the other hand look a bit different from hard ticks. Soft ticks have a leathery body, are more oblong and wider in size than hard ticks, and the mouthparts they have are on the smaller side and cannot be seen when observed from above.

Soft ticks are not as frequently encountered by people because they live in rodent burrows, caves and in tucked away, secluded areas which are often inhabited by bats and rodents

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Hard ticks go through four a full metamorphosis during their life cycle: the egg phase, the larvae phase where they are six-legged, and then the nymph and adult phase where they have eight legs.. While there may be slight variances in size, adults are usually about a 1/4th of an inch to 3/8th of an inch long. When they are in their nymph stage they can be amazingly small and hard to see by the naked eye. As nymphs, are about the size of the head of a pin and the larvae are about the size of a poppy seed.

The tick is comprised of two main body parts: a head and an abdomen. The head of a tick is very small in size in comparison to its abdomen, so much so that they almost look as if they are just a body with with six or eight curved legs. The tick’s two pair of front legs curve toward the head, while the two sets of hind legs curve toward the abdomen. Male ticks are usually smaller than female ticks.

When it comes to their diet, both male and female ticks enjoy blood. When ticks are engorged from their blood meal, they swell up to a larger size, the more they consume blood. When fully-engorged, hard ticks typically increase in size to become close to twice the size of an unfed tick adult. A swelled up female hard tick may appear puffed up, grayish in color and about the size of a small to medium sized lima bean.

Most Common Types of Ticks

The presence of ticks depends on the region and the climate conditions, however, typically the most prolific ticks found in the country are the blacklegged ticks, the lone star ticks, brown dog ticks and the American dog ticks (also known as wood ticks).


Black Legged Tick
Black-legged Ticks

Black-legged ticks are also commonly called deer ticks. Deer ticks are the transmitters of Lyme disease. They are little and are to some degree tinier than most different types of hard ticks. As a matter of fact, the larval and nymph stages are so tiny, they can often fly under the radar and go unnoticed when they have attached to people or their pets.


They usually have a rosy orange hued mid-region and their scutum is dark or dim darker. Their legs are dark or dull shaded which is the reason they are named black-legged ticks. Adult females which have not been swollen from a blood meal are around 1/8 inch long, yet extend to around 3/8 inch long when completely engorged.


Black-legged ticks around found along Pacific coast up through British Columbia and east into Nevada, Utah and Idaho as well as the northeastern and upper Midwestern region of the United States.


READ MORE: A Detailed Report on Ticks and the threat of Lyme Disease From Lyme Disease.org


Lone Star Tick 

Lone Star Ticks

Lone star ticks are easily identifiable ticks since they female adult has a clearly visible white dab in the middle of their back. Adult male ticks have white lines or streaks around the edges of the top of their body, yet no white dot like the female tick has.


Adult females which are not engorged with blood are around 3/16 inches long. Once the female feeds on a host, their shape is more circular and around 7/16 inches long. Unfed adult males are smaller compared to unfed females. Nymphs are the most common stage of which are discovered on people.


Lone star ticks are spread out through the southeastern and eastern United States, including Texas which is probably why they were coined the lone star tick.


American Dog Ticks

The American dog tick is dark brown with white markings on its back and is one of the larger species of ticks found in the United States. However, the larvae and nymphs are very small and are not easily seen.


The adult female is 3/16 inch long when they are unfed, and when filled with blood, they can be up to 5/8 of an inch long and 3/8 of an inch wide.  Females who are filled with blood look like dark pinto beans. Male ticks do not vary much in size as they feed.


This tick is widely distributed east of the Rocky Mountains and in limited areas along the Pacific coast.


 Brown Dog Tick

Brown Dog Ticks

Both male and female brown dog tick are a uniform shade of brown all over. Brown dog ticks are a species of ticks which actually prefer to live indoors, which can make them a pain for pets and humans to deal with.


How You Can Tell If There Are Ticks PresentTick on dog

Ticks are usually found in woodsy areas and places with lots of brush, grasses and shade. If you are out and about and feel a bite after spending time in these type of areas, it may very well be a tick.


Ticks have a tendency to climb up the grass or brush and wait patiently for the right opportunity for a potential host--be it a pet or a human--to pass by and hop onto. In addition, the prime time for tick activity in the country are between the months of April up to July. Ticks however, are also quite active in the winter.


When it comes to pets, the most common ticks found on dogs and other small animals as well as cattle are the American dog tick and lone star tick.


These types of ticks are notorious in transmitting spotted fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If a bite occurs too close to an animal’s spine, paralysis can occur. So if you find your pet acting odd or is not behaving normally, check to see if a tick is latched onto them.


READ MORE: Dog Paralysis In Dogs From PetMD


What to do when a Tick Latches onto You

Ticks often first latch onto humans by crawling up their legs. This is because ticks often crawl up on plants and when you pass by, they will transfer onto you. They will start to crawl up onto your lower leg and travel until they find a good sweet spot to literally sink their teeth into.


While we may have shared with you that ticks can potentially paralyze your pet dog what’s even more frightening is that ticks which bite children can potentially paralyze them as well!


The way you can observe ticks on your body is to check for small spots on your clothing after being outside. A tip to check for a tick problem in your yard is usually to wear long white socks and walk around shady areas. If ticks are around they will spring onto your socks and will be visibly seen in the middle of all that white.


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According to experts, you are advised to take a warm, soapy shower after any time is spent outdoors in tick active areas. Clothes should be removed and washed in hot, soapy water to kill any ticks present. If you are unable to wash the clothes immediately, stow them away in a sealed bag.


Once a tick attaches to a host, they will start to crawl towards warm, dark areas such as armpits, your groin and head. Many species of tick stay latch onto a host for at least 24 hours. The more quickly you locate and remove a tick, the less risk you have of contracting a disease or illness. If you are worried about a tick bite, contact a doctor as soon as possible.


Tick-Proof Your Home With Tick Control Products

If you are aware of ticks making their way into your home, you must jump right into action to deal with this troublesome pests. Start by making sure you get the place cleaned up. Eliminate as much clutter around your home and pick up clothing and any other scattered materials as these provide plenty of areas where ticks can hide.


Place suspected clothing straight into the washing machine, don’t leave it in the hamper! We then recommend a really thorough vacuuming and optionally, steam treatment. This should suck up and kill off any tick eggs and larvae which have been laid out on the floor and carpeting.


Once the cleaning portion of the control process is complete, we recommend to do apply a light dusting of a powder such as boric acid or D-fense Dust. Do a light dusting throughout the house, especially around sleeping areas. This will kill off any lingering ticks in the larvae stage.


As for the adults, we recommend using Novacide Flea and Tick Killer and spraying all of the baseboards, all the legs on all the different tables and chairs as well as couches and ottomans.


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Outdoor Control of TicksTick

You may have eliminated ticks in your home, but you can’t forget about the looming threat of ticks in your yard. If you’ve just recovered from a tick problem or tick bite, you could experience one all over again if ticks are hanging around your yard.


You can start by creating a tick-free zone between your home’s yard and any wooded area, such as a tree in your yard. Trim back trees to allow as much sunlight as possible in your yard. Ticks thrive in shade, so mow your grass short, address weed issues and eliminate as much leaf litter in your yard as you possibly can.


We recommend using a combination of two products to control ticks in your yard. Apply an insecticide to control the adult ticks along with an Insect Growth Regulator to get rid of tick eggs and larvae.


Use Reclaim IT Insecticide and mix it with Flex 10-10 IGR in a handheld sprayer and broadcast it over your entire yard to get rid of ticks, don’t spot treat! Make sure you are thorough and spray the top and underside of brush plants and leaves.


We will soon have a tick kit available which will contain everything you need to control ticks both indoors and outdoors.

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