Fleas and ticks - two of the least favorite characters in the great outdoors. And in fact, they're two guys that you don't want in the indoors at all. And this is the kind of place that ticks like to live.
To control fleas and ticks in your yard, you must treat three areas. You must treat your yard (and the surrounding area), you must treat your pet and you must treat your pet's living space.
Tips for Controlling Fleas & Ticks
- Treat your lawn and the surrounding area with a pesticide designed to eliminate fleas and ticks. Check with your local extension service and your veterinarian to find out which chemicals would work the best in your environment and with your pet. If your property is surrounded by a wooded area, you should spray into the wooded area at least 10 feet. Be sure to read the chemical's label thoroughly for safety warnings and application instructions.
- spraysSpray your pet's living space. Doghouses and other high-traffic areas for pets can be breeding grounds for pests. If you are purchasing a doghouse, you need to look for one that comes apart and can be sprayed out. Also, purchase bedding which can be laundered. If you spray your doghouse with pesticide, be sure to let the house completely dry before letting your pet return. Also, it is a good idea to repeat spraying 10-14 days after the initial application.
- Treat your pet. From powders and sprays, to collars and pills; there are a variety of effective pest control items on the market. You should always consult your veterinarian to find out the best method for your specific pet. Remember, to effectively fight fleas and ticks, you must treat all areas where pests may live and breed.
Tip: Removing Ticks Ticks are not only an inconvenience, but they can transmit Lyme Disease.
When removing ticks from your skin, use forceps or tweezers to pull the tick straight out. Do not twist or pull sideways. These actions assure leaving the tick's mouth parts embedded in the skin which can cause irritation. If you see a bulls eye ring around the tick area, see a physician immediately. This is the first sign of Lyme Disease.