It is interesting to note that dog ticks affect a wide variety of animals and not just exclusively to dogs. However, ticks prefer dogs to be their host. Ticks are tiny insects where adult ticks only grow up to 1/8 inch. As such, they are tough to be identified and located. Before you know it, ticks could have already spread and infected the entire household because ticks love to lay their eggs in dark and damp cracks in walls, ceilings and furniture.

Ticks only approach and feed on host blood when they are alerted by stimuli such as carbon dioxide, heat, hose odour, vibration or movement. Being able to survive for up to 5 months without food, they are able to live really long. They have a hard and powerful exoskeleton and as such, it is impossible to kill them by squishing them. A female tick is able to hold up to 5000 eggs and she lays them in different places, preferring cracks and crevices that are dark and damp.

Management Strategies

Inspection

Treatment

All furniture and carpet are vacuumed, and residual insecticide is sprayed on the infested areas as well as tick hiding and resting places.

Preventive Measures

  • Check pets for ticks and groom them regularly.
  • Apply repellent product to pet skin for protection against ticks.
  • Place tick collars round the neck of pets.
  • Remove ticks from the pets physically as soon as they are seen.
  • Treat infested pets with acaricides/wash them with tick shampoo.
  • Remove leaf litters, brush, and weeds at the edge of the lawn and keep the tree branches, grass, and shrubs short and well-trimmed.

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