DIY Tick Control
Do It Yourself Tick Treatment
Ticks are classified under parasites that feed on blood. However, unlike the bedbugs, ticks mostly prefer animals over humans. They are found in various places around the home, which can be difficult to control. It is not easy for a person to remember a tick bite, mostly because they insert some portion of anaesthetic through their feeding tubes. This way, they can suck as much blood as they need without you noticing.
• They can transmit diseases, like tick fever.
• They tend to invade dogs more than cats.
• A single tick bite can cause a dog to contract multiple diseases at once.
• They can live for a maximum of 200 days without water or food.
• Some tick species can live for up to 2 years.
Species in Australia
There are several species of ticks around the world, though the most common species in Australia include the Paralysis Tick, Bush Tick, and Brown Dog Tick.
Most often, ticks will live in tall grass as they wait to climb on a host. They can cling to the shoes or clothes of humans and crawl all the way to the exposed skin.
DIY Control Treatment
It is not easy to notice a tick invasion if you do not check your pets. Ideally, be keen to see if your dog scratches uncomfortably. When you find the tick, you will need to pluck it out using tweezers or tick removal tool. Avoid using your bare hands to remove the ticks.
After you pull out the ticks, place them in a clear air-tight bag and take it to the vet for an examination. This way, you will get the right pesticide that is designed for the specific type of tick. Always purchase the right anti-ticks shampoo, powder, or sprays to eliminate the parasites. If you are using the powder, ensure that the dog is washed and dry. Do not apply the powder on wet fur.
DIY Treatment Effectiveness
Rating = High
It is easy to handle the ticks on your own, without necessarily calling a professional.
- Clear the bushes and long grass around your home
- Maintain a clean house at all times
- Ensure the pet is regularly cleaned with anti-tick products
- Throw away unused items or belongings
- Use effective anti-tick products such as the collars.