Getting Rid of Ticks in My House?

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

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July 6, 20080 found this helpful
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I had a tick infestation once. They were very hard to get rid of. One thing I learned was to do everything at the same time...shave and dip the dog, spray the yard and house. Also check with your neighbors. If they have ticks, they need to treat everything the same day you do. Good luck.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

Went you take a tick out does it bleed a lot

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July 19, 20080 found this helpful
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Depending on where you live you may not be able to do this. My former neighbor had chickens that occasionally "escaped" to my yard and we never had a tick problem. I didn't think anything about it until he and his chickens moved and we were over run with ticks. We did the 4-wheeler/spray thing to the point that dead ants clogged our gas meter so badly that it had to be replaced.


The ticks came back. I went to the flea market and bought a grown hen so the cats left it alone. No ticks! Took a couple of weeks, but I now have 3 hens, a rooster, fresh eggs and no ticks.

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By Leta (Guest Post)
July 8, 20080 found this helpful

I've read all your emails and feel so sorry for you because I know what you're going through. I live in western AZ and one year we were just about carried off with ticks. Our 3 dogs were scratching until they bled and the dang things were climbing up my walls in the kitchen.

My daughter and grand daughter got on out 4 wheeler motorcycle and one drove while the other used a sprayer with HOME DEFENSE in it, mixed extra strong.they sprayed twice and we bathed the dogs, placed the ticks in rubbing alcohol to kill them and poured the alcohol down between their toes to kill and eggs left there.we didn't have any more ticks and that's been almost 10 years ago.


The ranchers here have open range and cows carry the ticks dropping them wherever they go. We kept our dogs in for almost all day because of the smell but it sure worked.

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful

The simple solution to getting rid of ticks (and fleas) on your pets is FRONTLINE PLUS. You can also buy it in spray bottles for the house. I would get my money back from Orkin if I paid them to get rid of ticks and they didn't do it. You paid for a service you didn't get. Get a different pest control service for your yard who guarantees his work or money back in writing. Ask your vet.

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful

I live in town and don't have a tick problem so I have never tried this, but a long time ago, an exterminator told me that the best way to rid a yard of ticks was this: Get one of those things that you attach to a garden hose to put fertilizer or spray in, and fill it with bleach, then spray the entire yard. Make sure you have old clothes on because it wil ruin them. Then don't walk or allow pets in the yard until the bleach-water has dried.


You can repeat as often as needed. It supposively works and is a cheap solution, but I'm not sure if it's ecologically sound.

I've used the diatomacious earth and it works really well for fleas, but is not an immediate fix.

You must also use Revolution or something on your pets all year long. This is really important, since when the ticks bite the dog, it not only kills them, but their eggs too.

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful

Dust your yard with sulpher. You can usually find it at home improvement stores in the garden section in 50# bags. You can also use this along with Diatomaceous Earth or just by itself.


Sulpher s a cheap way out and it does work. I've used it and it never hurt pets.

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By Heather (Guest Post)
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

I also live in the Tampa area, and have ticks for the first time ever. I found them on my dog, took him to the vet and got Frontline Plus AND a tick collar. He was already on Sentinel, which is supposed to also be tick/flea prevention. These products (Frontline and the collar) seem to have worked for keeping the ticks from latching on to him.

I have found some in my bed though (my dog sleeps in my bed, even though I''ve been trying to get him not to since the ticks). I fogged my apartment with a product specifically for fleas/ticks (front PetSmart), but am still finding them. I'm going crazy! I bought carpet powder, and am going to try that. I don't find very many around on my walls or anything at the moment, but the few that I do find are frustrating!! Right now I'm just trying to continue to wash my sheets after I pick them off my bed.


Any other ideas are more than welcome and will be appreciated! Since I'm in an apartment I can't do anything about the yard, but killing and preventing them in my house would be good!

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By Kim (Guest Post)
July 29, 20080 found this helpful

Just discovered ticks 2 days ago and freaked. I'm a researh junkie and have come up with the following info.
From the dog groomer: not much will kill the ticks that are already on the dog/cat. Ticks don't die easily. The best you can do is get the pet cut (we went as close to the skin as possible) so you can better see the ticks and remove them.
For the home: Sevin (Home Depot carries it). You can spray it on furniture.

Make sure you get the baseboards as that's where they lay their eggs. I had Terminex come in and they even looked between the matress and box spring and found one. They can get everywhere.

Good luck!

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By Feeling Frustrated (Guest Post)
August 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have not had much luck getting rid of ticks. We have tried Truly Nolen a professional company, but they come back in a few days. Seems like they come at least three time a month. We tried bombs, carpet treatments, sprays, and so far we have only reduced the number of ticks we find. Finally decided to put our dog down today, as she is 15 and had other issues. The ticks remain. I did notice the corners I put boric acid in did have quite a few dead ticks. In cleaning today, I found a pile of tick eggs with at least 1,000 eggs. Seems like I am fighting a losing battle. Please let me know if anyone finds a product the works well.

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By sick of ticks (Guest Post)
November 6, 20080 found this helpful

I have a chihuahua & 2 cats & I don't see any ticks on them. My dog was on revolution but is over due & still doesn't have any. I have my cats on frontline plus. I have never never ever had ticks, but I found one on my back attached but not embedded. (not near any bra line or waist band line like people assume, just in the middle of my back). I cleaned the whole house, didn't find anything. Then I was laying on the couch & saw one crawling towards my face.

I need to get rid of them, I don't know where they are coming from. I am kind of getting the feeling like they live here & I'm the intruder & when I find one kill it. Just deal with them. I hate to think that way, or i should just move but I'm afraid now they are in my furniture due to reading some of the previous messages. any one have any words of advice or tips? Thank you guys :)

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By MEL (Guest Post)
January 10, 20090 found this helpful

Please whatever you do dont spend money on tick killers and foggers. I have a very clean house and two dogs that stay outside and one cat inside. I boarded my dogs while on vacation and they came home with ticks. This I did not discover for a few days. Before I knew it my yard, dogs, and house were infested with ticks. When I say infested I mean like a Stephen Spielberg movie..I was disgusted. I did everything wrong. I read blog after blog about ticks. Any sprays or powders or foggers will only send ticks into hiding for awhile.

When they come back out in search for food..they are twice as bad. In your house they hide in cracks and crevices within your floors and baseboards. If you have carpet you might as well rip it up and check the perimeter. I had to do major spring cleaning. I would go from room to room moving everything away from baseboards and windows, then I would spray some clorox mixture on walls and baseboards and wait a few minutes. Ticks would crawl out of hiding spots that I didn't know existed. Then I would wipe them up and out with a hot cloth. I did this several times for a month before I was able to solve the problem. They also like cracks and crevices of furniture. If you can wash or steam your furniture.

Outside I know it sounds crazy but I did I small controlled burn in many parts of my yard with lighter fluid. Especially under trees and leaf piles. I saw ticks coming out of the ground trying to escape. In the other part of my lawn I cut my grass super short and watered twice a day everyday and added dish soap before I turned on the sprinklers. Maybe my lawn looked crazy with bubbles but it drown some ticks. Ticks are extremely hard to get rid of. I wish anyone who has them the best of luck.

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By TC (Guest Post)
February 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have had this problem for about 5 years with my pets. I feel sorry for them. I have tried every product the vet has recommended and have had the bug guy come out numerous times. It seems to let up for a little while but then comes right back. Neither house on each side have dogs but one neighbor does have chickens.

I thought maybe the chickens are promoting the ticks in our yard but I am unsure of that. I have recently purchased an organic garlic substance that claims to rid ticks and mosquitoes. Yes, at this point I am willing to try anything. I had used a whole garlic, vinegar and water in a spray bottle and sprayed my dog with it and the next morning there were no visible ticks.

However I forgot to spray him down for two days and there they were. I wash and deticked my dog and now I am trying to keep up with the daily spraying. He smells awful but at least he is not infested like he was. I will post another message if this new spray I received works. If anyone has any other suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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By PeggySue (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful

I live in Houston, Texas, and have a tick problem I've never had before! Hate the little buggers. I've used Cedar Oil spray purchased from CedarCide. It keeps the ticks off the dogs, but they come back if you are not diligent with spraying. There are two formulas, one for furniture, dog bedding, humans and animals, and the other more concentrated for the yard. I'm going to try boric acid for the house too.

You can sprinkle it underneath couch cushions and in carpet and it will not hurt you, the dogs or infants. I used it before for roaches and it worked wonders. I seems it would work on ticks too and someone said they had luck with it on ticks. I don't see them crawling on my walls, my fingers are crossed on that! I've started using Frontline Plus on the dogs b/c everything I've read says only that one has the ingredient that works on ticks. Too soon to tell it it is keeping the ticks off the dogs, but the Cedar Oil spray definitely keeps them off.

I spray ME, the doorways, dog bedding and the dogs twice a day. Also, penny royal oil which works wonders on fleas may work for ticks. Mix 1oz oil with 16oz alcohol to kill fleas, but can't spray or dip dog in that. Add 1gal water to dilute mixture enough to rinse dogs. Good luck everyone. We need it!

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June 13, 20111 found this helpful

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 ''. 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. 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!

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August 15, 20160 found this helpful

I finally got rid of them.You really gotta go recon on them.

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