Tick Control

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Keith's Pro Tips

"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."

Tick Control: How To Get Rid of Ticks

This page is a general Tick control guide. Using the products and methods suggested you will get control of Ticks. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of Ticks.

One of the common pests you have to worry about when you’re an owner of pets are the potential bloodsucking parasites that can use your pet as a host, such as Ticks. There are a variety of ticks that you or your pet can encounter when outdoors.

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. 

Ticks are extremely dangerous and pose serious health hazards to humans and pets. Ticks have been known to transmit Lyme disease, Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia to name a few. They can even cause paralysis to pets and children which may prove fatal.

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. Follow the expert advice in our DIY guide below to learn the best tips and products to apply so you can protect you, your family, and your pets from this irritating parasite.

Identification

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Identification is crucial for treatment. There are over 90 species of Ticks in the U.S. alone, and 899 in the world. There are many species of ticks but the most common species are The American Dog Tick, Blacklegged Tick (aka Deer Tick), Brown Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Rocky Mountain Tick, and the Western Blacklegged Tick. 

Ticks are actually part of the arachnid family so they look similar to their spider cousins. Ticks have two body parts: a tiny head, and a large abdomen. Depending on the species they can vary greatly in color. Ticks are commonly mistaken for Fleas, but can easily be told apart by their the number of legs. Fleas have six legs while Ticks are eight-legged. Ticks are also different in shape, being more circular and round than fleas that are more elongated and thin.

Ticks are usually found on pets and on wildlife. They need hosts to survive which usually means small animals like dogs or cats or your neighborhood wildlife.

Inspection

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Inspection is crucial for control. Before you can treat you need to know the areas that Ticks are infesting. This means inspecting your whole home, yard, and pets for Tick activity.

A tick infestation in your pet usually happens outdoors. While the yard, your pet might have gotten ticks from rolling around in the grass, and the reason they're in your yard can many times be blamed on visiting wildlife. But, ticks live in tall grass, brush, and woody areas, and can attach themselves to you or your pets while visiting these areas.

Where To Inspect

Look outside in your yard. Ticks usually live in areas close to woody areas, in tall grasses, and in places with lots of brush. They might also be found in places that are well shaded. Also, inspect your pets for any possible ticks on their body.

What To Look For

You’re looking for Ticks. Inspect your yard by wrapping a white cloth to a broomstick, and rubbing all over your lawn, especially near tall grasses, woody areas, and in areas where there is a lot of brush. The Ticks will climb on the white cloth and will be easily visible in the sea of white.

On your pets ticks usually hide in dark warm areas so search in the following areas. Under their tails, under the collar, around the groin, between their toes, on their elbows, under their ears, and in their armpits. In rare instances, they might even be hiding inside their mouths.

Once you have located Ticks, in your pets or in your yard, this is where you will apply treatment.

Treatment

Once you have confirmed Tick activity, it is time to begin treatment. Remember to read all product labels and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

To treat for Ticks, start by treating your pet with Petcor Spray and Martin's Prefurred. Treat your indoor area with Novacide Flea & Tick Killer. Outdoors, use a combination of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT Insecticide to broadcast around your yard.

Step 1 - Pet Treatment with Martin's Preferred and Petcor Spray

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Begin by treating your pets using Martin’s Prefurred and Petcor. Petcor can be safely sprayed onto Pets and has an IGR (or Insect Growth Regulator) that will treat Ticks in the nymph stage but will also target adults, remaining effective for up to 63 days.

Martin’s Prefurred makes various products for Cats and Dogs so remember to buy the right product for your pet. Prefurred will treat Ticks and Fleas for up to 4 weeks.

Petcor

Petcor spray on a dog

Using Petcor for Ticks is easy. Typically to apply Petcor, depending on your pet, you will start spraying from the tail to the head, rubbing its fur in the opposite direction to allow the product to penetrate the skin.

Then you will spray a cloth with Petcor and rub it in the face. You can also apply it directly to where Ticks are found.

Martin’s Prefurred

Prefurred treatment on a dog

Martin's Prefurred makes various Tick treatments for pets that vary by species and age. Remember to buy the right product depending on your species of pet, and read the label to see if the age, weight, or medical conditions of your pet will affect application rates.

To apply, simply pour the product between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades in the back, where they will be unable to reach it.

Depending on the body weight, age, and species of your pet application rates and products will vary, so read the label for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Step 2 - Indoor Treatment with Novacide

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Novacide is an aerosol insecticide that comes with an IGR (or Insect Growth Regulator) that will target both adult ticks and undeveloped ticks (nymphs). It will also treat many other insects, as well as provide residual control (or long-term effects) that will last for up to 7 months.

Start by vacuuming your whole home completely. But most importantly vacuum all floor surfaces found in the home. After you’re done remember to dispose of the bag off the premises. If you have a canister remember to wash it off with soap and water.

Novacide comes in a ready to use aerosol can. To apply Novacide hold the can upside down 36" inches off the floor and spray 100 feet in 10 seconds. Start at the back of the house and make your way to the front, spraying every floor in your home. Spray over carpets, linoleum, tile, and hardwood floors. Overlap your spray pattern by 10 to 15 percent.

Do not let people or pets enter the home until dry.

Step 3 - Outdoor Treatment with Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT Insecticide

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Now you will treat the most likely source of the infestation, your yard. You will use two products Supreme IT and Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules.

Supreme IT is a great insecticide that targets and repels over 80 insect pests and will last for up to 90 days.

Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules is a granular insecticide that will treat the soil, where most ticks are found. This product has a residual (or long-term effects) that will last for up to 3 months.

Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules

To use Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules you will need a granular spreader. Calculate the square footage of your yard by measuring (in feet) and multiply the area length times the width (length x width = square footage). This will determine how much Valar Plus Biftenthrin Granules you will need to apply.

You will apply Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules at the rate of 2.3 to 4.6 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft.

Start at the back of your lawn and make your way to the front. Apply in tall grasses, close to woody and bushy areas, and in areas with lots of brush. Use higher application rates in these areas and where you found Ticks. Activate the product by watering every area where Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules was applied with plenty of water but not until runoff.

Supreme IT

Mix 1 ounce of Supreme IT per gallon of water inside a pump sprayer to treat 1,000 square feet. So for example, if you have a 2,500 sq. ft. area to treat, you should mix 2.5 oz. of Supreme in 2.5 gallons of water to treat the target area.

You will do a perimeter treatment around the foundation of your structure. To do this, spray 3 feet up and 3 feet out from the foundation, while also spraying window frames, door frames, eaves, soffits, rain gutters, electrical/plumbing penetrations, and cracks and crevices. Also, spray around your yard near woody and bushy areas, tall grasses, and areas with lots of brush. Go over your Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules applications and treat up to 3 feet up trees.

Do not let people or pets enter areas treated until dry.

Prevention

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Once the Tick infestation is gone, you will need to make sure they don't make a return by implementing some preventative measures. 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.

Regularly check your pets for tick activity especially after going out on an outing to a tall grassy area. And finally, do follow up treatment of Supreme IT and Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules every 3 months.

Key Takeaways

  • Ticks are found all over the world and are parasites, meaning they survive and thrive by living off the body of a host.
  • To eliminate Ticks, you will need to treat your pet with Petcor Spray and Martin's Prefurred, treat indoors with Novacide Flea and Tick Killer, then treat your yard and perimeter with Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT Insecticide.
  • Prevent future reinfestations by reducing clutter and leaf litter around the home and reapply Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT preventatively.
  • Remember to regularly check your pets for ticks, especially when taking them out to the dog parks, trails, or if visiting an area with lots of shrubbery.
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