Ticks can be troublesome for humans and pets. This is a guide about getting rid of ticks.
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The most recent information on tick removal is to simply grab the little bugger with tweezers. Grab them behind the head so you hold the whole body with the tweezers, and pull it right straight backwards, out of your skin. Don't twist it, just pull straight out. Put the tick into a baggie or clear tape to take to the doctor, and wash the bite with soap and water. Take the tick to the doctor to be tested for Lyme Disease, which can become a chronic problem.
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By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
I found this tick repellent which someone posted on Facebook. I am going to try the pet repellent formula which is as follows, and I might make a few changes. I am wondering how easy this will spray.
1 cup water to 2 cups distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then add 2 spoonfuls (I will put teaspoonfuls) of olive oil into that mix. Then I will add two teaspoonfuls of lemon juice. Shake all up.
All the ingredients are edible and not dangerous. I will buy a small bottle of olive oil, since I haven't bought a new bottle for a while.
When outdoors for an extended time, spray two or three times a day.
My dogs will probably get sprayed maybe 2 times a day. I am thinking they will lick the olive oil off their coats and get benefits from it as well. I won't get this near their senstive areas such as their nose and mouth or backsides.
I also use a topical I get from amazon.com. Usually Advantage.
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Here are questions related to Getting Rid of Ticks.
How do you safely keep ticks off your children and animals. I'm concerned about some of the insecticidal chemicals but don't want my daughter getting Lyme disease either. Does anyone know of any good natural methods for treating large areas?
I use seven dust. It's what you use in a garden to keep bugs away. I sprinkle it on my dogs. You can also sprinkle it in your yard and on the floor in your house. Leave on for ten minutes and vacuum it up, it wont hurt the kids. My grandaughter plays with the dogs after they have been treated and it hasn't harmed her.
My yard is infested with ticks and I have 2 dogs. What's the best and safest way to get rid of them?
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By Simone from Turks Caicos Islands
You can try growing a plant called pennyroyal. We have a tick problem that isn't anywhere near as bad as yours but bad enough that it's annoying. So, I've been doing some reading up on possible remedies and it seems this plant scares off ticks and can also be used as a flea repellent on dogs and can be used as a general bug repellent on people. However pregnant woman shouldn't go anywhere near it and I'm also reading it can be poisonous to cats.
I live in Mesa, Arizona and I have never had ticks on my dogs growing up. Now that my wife and I have a house of our own we have ticks like crazy all over our 3 dogs. They come in the house and in one sitting I can kill 10 on the floor. We have tick collars on all three, have given them baths with the tick soap, and put the oils down their backs. Please help. I need ideas to get them gone.
By Tammy J.06/28/2013
I too, live in Mesa, but my problem was buying a tick infested puppy, as my house was immediately infested with ticks. I have been battling them for 5 weeks now. If you are finding 10 on the floor, you can bet that you have a major infestation, and the dogs are getting ticks in the house as well as outside. Call an exterminator (I use Preventive) and clean your house like you never have. You can buy food grade diamataceous earth to put around your house and on your dogs also. I advise getting the dogs Advantix II. If you don't start doing something to turn this around, you are creating numerous additional life cycles that you will have to deal with. I now know alot about ticks, so feel free to email me. You can also text me. Can always reach me through my site at PassionPartier.com. Good Luck to you!
I live in West Texas and my yard and the inside of my house are infested with ticks. I just had to take a litter of gsp to the shelter because I thought they would have a better chance. I've treated my yard with Orthomax, Sevendust, and Orkin. I have dipped my dogs, powdered them up, cow tags, you name it. The only thing I could treat the puppies with was K9 Advantix and that didn't even work. Help please.
Victoria from West Texas
I just found 5 of the nasty pests on two of my dogs & started research on getting rid of them & some other nasty bugs as well. Diatomaceous earth (food grade only, the other used for pool filters is HIGHLY toxic!) is one good way to get rid of them.
You can get it in a powder form that you can actually use on your dog to get rid of the fleas & ticks! I found it on 'dirtworks.net'. I also found that nematods can not only get rid of these nasty pests but get rid of a few other garden critters as an added bonus!
They will not hurt you or your pets butlove the bad guys! Arbico Organics has many different ones to help get rid of these pests. You might also want to consider natural oils to help in the fight as well. Fleasmart.com can help with that if you don't want to use chemicals on you or your pets.
I hadn't seen ticks for a very long time so I suspect they are being brought in by the over abundant number of mice, squirrels & rabbits that are taking over this year. If you live in the country, or even near the country they may be one of the reasons you are having to fight these crawlies.
Mice could be bringing them in so you might want to trap & get rid of them as well. I hope this will help any of you that are having this nasty & dangerous problem! Best of luck!
Ticks are over-abundant this year, and I live around lots of trees. Is there any good solution for getting rid of them in the yard? I keep the grass cut short. I distributed borax in the yard, which gets rid of fleas very well. I am hoping it works well for ticks too! There are cats and squirrels around our house that I think are bringing them into the yard.
By vicki hood05/12/2012
You and the neighborhood would benefit if there were several clutches of guinia hens. They wander but neighbors shouldn't mind when they find what beneficial birds they are. They will clear a mountainside of ticks given time. They are smart as well. Not as vulnerable as chickens.
Someone had suggested putting some kind of lotion on the tick and it will back out. I can't remember what it was. Help!
In case you did'nt read all of my earlierpost.
"Do not apply any substances to the tick before removing it - no alcohol or nail polish, no petroleum jelly or other ointments, and do not try to burn it out or otherwise convince to let go of you. It won't let go. It will just happily keep on sucking your blood and pumping pathogens into you."
How do I kill ticks in the yard?
By liz Mickey05/30/2012
Thanks for the info. I think our chickens eat ticks too, as we aren't over run with them.
How can I get rid of ticks in my back yard?
Either put out Borax in your yard (Mule Team Borax, like clothes are washed with), or sevin dust. Both will help rid the yard of fleas and ticks.
My brother and his wife live in Florida. They are having a lot of trouble with ticks in their yard and in the house. They have two small kids and animals. What can they use to keep the ticks away? The kids have gotten up and had one crawling on them help!
By Jami T
How do I kill ticks on my wooded property without killing everything else?
By vicki hood05/29/2012
Guinea hens will clean them up for several houses around.
For the first time in my dogs life he has ticks and now they are infesting my home. What can I do to get rid of them? What can I do? I have a 3yr old and need a safe remedy.
Tami from Mesa, AZ
By cheri (Guest Post)06/23/2008
Food-grade diatomacious earth can be obtained at your local feed store. it's non toxic, but lethal to ticks. you simply dust it on your animals (it's like powder). Research it online, there's lots of info out there. Good luck!
Can anybody give me a home remedy for getting rid of ticks on a dog?
By Gladys from Chelsea, MA
I found a tick on my dog. How do I safely remove it?
By Diane Worthington03/22/2009
What about if the tick is dead? Sometimes they die when they are still attached and I need to remove the head. One of my dogs has a tick, but she is a small dog and I am looking for a way to remove the tick quickly and painlessly, as this will probably be a problem once in a while. I just got two shih tzu and they are happily taking over our lives.
I live in an area where there are a lot of ticks and I am looking for the best product to repel or kill ticks on my dog. There is a wide range of products selling for less than 20 dollars per 6 doses to over 50 dollars per 6 doses. I am looking for the type of product you put on the skin, not a flea/tick collar.
Also, I have several cats, and a number of the products say not to use them on cats. My dog spends a lot of time playing with the cats and sleeping with them, so I am not sure if these products would be safe. I am looking for the product with good effectiveness and low cost. Fleas are not a problem. I am looking for something to provide tick control only. Thanks.
By dupperdog from Superior, WI
Diatomaceous earth, garden grade, not pool grade. Safe for all pets and people, it punctures the skin of fleas and ticks, completely safe.
My dog just got spayed so she cannot get wet for another week, but some how she has picked up a bunch of seed ticks. I have heard all kinds of thing regarding garlic. Can I spray her down with a water garlic mix just enough to make the ticks want to get off of her? Or, do I have to wait until I can give her a bath and if so can I put garlic in her bath water and wash her with a tick and flea shampoo? I have already given her Advantix, but it does not treat for ticks :( Any suggestions?
All of my money is tied up in medical bills and my house is infiltrated with ticks. I only let my dogs out for short periods of time, but they're getting them from in the house because they seemed to have taken up residency. I am going through chemotherapy and need an inexpensive way to get rid of them.
A very effective and inexpensive way to get rid of fleas and ticks is FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth. I get a 50 pound bag for $28.07 at my local feed store.
I suggest you do a search on DE. You will be surprised of the many benefits for both you and your pets and how to get rid of fleas and ticks.
I have two little dogs and the fleas were getting out of control. The DE took care of the problem quickly. DE is very safe for your pets. I highly recommend this stuff.
Does vinegar and baking soda, which when mixed causes a foaming agent, kill ticks on a dog, or hurt the dog in any way?
By Suzanne from Harrison, AR
clynnaltemus, I work at a vet hospital, and we have Comfortis come in every once in a while to do a presentation. Unfortunately, Comfortis does not prevent against ticks. It's a flea only preventative. Thankfully they are working on something to use for ticks as well. goodluck!
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I live in Central Florida and am battling ticks indoors and out. We have a large Shephard and a 2 year old daughter. We have professionally sprayed a number of times. I have had my dog shaved and dipped. He has a flea collar and we use Frontline. I am going crazy!
Emily from Central, Florida
Borax is great for cleaning fleas, ticks, bugs, etc. When I make my carpet cleaner/deoderizer I always add Borax to it to help with the insect/bug problem in my area of Florida.
Hope this helps! (01/11/2008)
Also what are the granuals that where mentioned for the ticks in the yard, as I believe the ticks are in the hedges around the house, should the leaves be treated or just the base? Any product work better then any other? I was given something by the vets but that does not seem to be slowing the ticks down. (03/12/2008)
Don't spend money on professional pest services. I did, and it did not work. Once the ticks are out of control, it's extremely difficult to get rid of them. Have your dogs shaved. Hair grows back. Bathe the dogs once a week with tick shampoo from Petsmart. Use a tick collar. Advantix did nothing for me. Remove ticks from the dog daily. Siphotrol is a spray you can buy from your vet to use inside the house. Spray once a week until they stop crawling the walls.
Keep the carpets cleaned and vacuumed. Pick up all clutter so there is no where for ticks to hide. Wash pet bedding weekly. Rake leaves and all ground cover from the yard. I finally removed every bush from the back yard so there was no place that couldn't be easily treated. Unfortunately ticks like shade and I have alot of trees. Bayer granules can be purchased from Lowes to spread in the yard. Use weekly for a month, then monthly. I'm switching to Bayer spray now because the ticks have become immune to the granules. If your neighbors don't treat their yards, the ticks will come back.
All I can say is if I see a single tick now, I don't waste any time going all out to get rid of them. There is no fast, easy solution. Good luck to you all! (06/19/2008)
By Tired of Ticks
Our yard is infested with ticks, so bad that we can't let our kids out there to play or let the family dog out. Is there a home remedy to control the infestation of the ticks?
What do you mean by "infested"? One or two each time they play or hundreds? Do you have long grass in the back yard? Ticks live in long grass. They also like dry conditions. Mow the grass often, water the lawn often.
As for your dog, there are solutions that can be put on the dog's back behind the neck (mine for my dogs is called Defend) and this solution needs to dry for a day (no kids or cats touching it) and then the dog will not get ticks or fleas for the next 3 - 4 months. It does not harm the dog at all. A lot of ticks on a dog and the dog goes "crazy" with them on him/her. "Crazy", I mean, scratching and trying to rub the ticks off.
As for your kids, get them to strip once in the house. Check them all over and don't worry about it. We've grown up in the country and some years, going down to the pasture where there is long grass has yielded 200 or more Woodticks at a time. Pick them off and keep going. (06/09/2005)
Next, the dog needs to given a dose of flea and anti tick treatment, I find the vet will have the most up to date and effective drop or medication. He will also advise you on the best tick killer for your yard. They are difficult to eradicate but persistence will get the yard and dog, tick free. I have had some battles with these pests. Flea powder will not touch them. Best wishes, Sue (06/09/2005)
But like ValleyRimGirl, I too, live in and around the woods and its a constant thing. But my best solution was to get chickens and guineas for the yard. I couldn't believe how much that helped. Yea, they leave behind a few droppings, but I can live with that more than I can with a tick. And keep tree limbs cut up high, and all underbrush raked and burnt, especially Pine trees and the pine straw. Ticks love this for some reason, here. Let us know how it goes and what remedy works for you. Kat (06/09/2005)
We also use Tick Granules gotten really anywhere they sell garden stuff. We get ours at Wal-Mart. You have to put it on the ground right before it is suppose to rain, the rain activates it. Tick granules also takes care of fleas and other bugs too. I recommend if your yard is really that badly infested not to be stingy laying down the granules if you go this route. Normally for us, laying the granules once is good enough to cover us for protection all Summer from fleas and ticks; but sometimes like this year we will need to lay down the granules twice, once in the middle of Spring and once in the middle of Summer. The reason we will have to is because we really didn't have a cold enough Winter this year to get rid of the bugs, so we know we will be heavily infected with them this Summer.
Anyway between Frontline and tick granules, we have no problem walking anywhere in our yard anymore. Oh, the granules also take care of chiggers too. (06/09/2005)
By Edie L.
This is also good for your yard, but you will need a good lawnmower because it will give you lots of green grass that needs to be cut often. If you spread it too heavily, it will turn the grass brown temporarily, but it will come back and make a beautiful lawn with no bugs. We do ours early in the spring when the spring weeds are popping up ahead of the grass. And one treatment lasts us all summer.
Also, for you folks who use Frontline Plus on your dogs, the cheapest place I have found to buy it is from a website on the internet. It comes from Australia, I believe, but I have been ordering for my neighbor (she treats 9 dogs) and myself for our three Rat Terriers. A 6 month supply from them is only a few dollars more than a 3 month supply available locally. And they ship very promptly. I have been using them for over 2 years.
Here is the link to check this out. http://www.petshed.com/frontline-plus.asp Harlean from Arkansas (06/10/2005)
By A little help
To remove ticks you should use a special tick tweezer (it puts the pressure on the head of the tick and avoids squeezing the body, to prevent blood moving from the tick back to your or your pet's body).
For a human to avoid getting ticks in the first place, wear long trousers, even on hot summer days, and put a little mosquito repellent on your wrists and ankles. Also, avoid activities that involve lying down in the grass. (09/01/2007)
FLEA AND TICK BUSTER SHAMPOO
Mix and keep in a "shampoo bottle". This "shampoo" is great for removing fleas, freshening the smell of the dog and it does not irritate sensitive skin.
FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVE SHAMPOO
Mix and keep in a spray bottle. This spray is great for removing fleas, freshening the smell of the dog and it does not irritate sensitive skin. (04/08/2008)
It is (personally), quite a disgusting and not so easy task, but the best way is to use fine pointed head tweezers. Grasping the mouth parts (close to your dog's skin) and not the body. Hold steady and lightly apply pulling pressure until it comes out completely. Leaving any portion of the tick in your dog (i.e. the head) will only become infected and possibly cause much harm to your dog in the long run.
If this is the case - take your dog to the vet! If you are successful, make sure to thoroughly clean the wound and disinfect it immediately (I use either peroxide and/or witch hazel) and then apply an anti-biotic ointment which is safe for the dog. WARNING -- Zinc/zinc oxide is TOXIC for dogs! Ultimately, the best way to manage ticks is to avoid them all together - FRONTLINE PLUS is the best over all, but make sure to apply it every month!
Our yard in plopped down in the middle of hundreds of acres of farmland, woods, grasslands, etc. in CT - so our yard is chock full of ticks. Make sure to keep the grass short - fleas and ticks need the protection of long grass from the sun (that dries up the humid and shaded conditions they need to live) for starters.
I would then suggest a professional - like Tick Ranger/ Naturalawn or something similar which comes out every 6-8 weeks and sprays the lawn/ dirt (Tick Ranger's formula is safe for animals and kids). Then there are natural products like Greenlight Yardsafe - which I am also trying out for areas beyond the sprayed area or there are some Adam's products that can be sprayed on w/ your hose (check out Jefferspet.com, etc.).
I also know that ticks/ fleas hate cedar and supposedly will not cross a border of it (I believe at least 10 inches wide) - plus it will look pretty as a border in your yard. For the future, you can also plant natural plants that are defenders - I know that the Univ of Iowa (I believe) did a study on catnip, which is supposedly 10x more effective than DEET - since it produces an oil "Neem" which is used in several natural insecticides. Maybe add to that cedar border, some catnip, lemongrass, lavender and lemon basil - all supposed to keep them (and mosquitos) at bay and I believe are all safe for your dogs, should they get curious.
But the 1st line of defense is definitely FRONTLINE PLUS - which actually is more effective "and waterproof" compared to many others. Good luck to us all! (06/06/2008)
They make an excellent alarm system too, loudly sounding off at any intruder. Be forewarned of the later unless you have some distance between you and a neighbor. If you prefer not to deal with, or do have a good broody hen handy check local listing in the paper for live stock. Incubation isn't very difficult, but humidity levels and timing can be fairly crucial in a high percentage hatch rate. Most any type of domesticated fowl, such as chickens are decent tick eradicators but the guineas are the hands down pros. Google guinea eggs or for a quick look-see check out the link below. Happy hunting, Bon Appetite! MGD http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/category/guinea_eggs.html (07/04/2008)
We live in North West Florida and it is nice to know other people are having such a time with ticks this year (misery loves company I guess). We live on 40 acres and have been spraying pyrethrin and it does kill the ones you spray, but we have them dropping from the trees and have two dogs so they just keep coming back. We soak the dogs in it, too.
I picked around thirty ticks off myself tonight, but I was out in the wooded part of our property. They are terrible this year. I just read that ticks hate the smell of vinegar so tomorrow I am going to soak in it before I go out - I guess I won't smell real nice but at this point I don't care. (08/08/2008)
As for the yard, if you don't have the $$ to hire someone to do it Walmart sells Sevin in a concentrate. Spray your yard at the correct mix rate, let it dry and you should be OK for 7-10 days, then spray again. Ticks come along hard in dry warm areas. So the dryer and the warmer the better it is for them. I would also spray any trees or plants with Sevin, as ticks can live in trees. (12/28/2008)
I live in Kansas and I am having a terrible problem with ticks in my yard. I live right next to a weed and tree infested lot, out in the country.
We have a pond at the bottom of the property and we have found ticks and scorpions. We have a Pomeranian (long hair) and a Siberian Husky. Help.