If you have ticks in your house, you may need to call a pest control to treat
indoor areas if you have a heavy infestation. Thouroghly vacuum around
skirtings and places where the dog lays. Using surface spray indoors at the
same time as treating your dog can also be effective. Keep the dog out of the
house or isolate its movements inside to a tiled or concrete area such as the
laundry which will be easier to treat than your best lounge or bed. These areas
can be wiped or mopped with the insecticidal wash or sprayed with surface
spray to kill ticks. Try to keep the dog outside during the treatment until you
have completely irradicated the ticks.
Sounds like hard work *#@% ??
Thats where I can help. With a Soggidog
regular fortnightly booking, I will treat
your dog and use the left over water
from your dogs bath to treat your yard
and dogs bedding. The fact that your
dog is kept clean, smells great, and loose
hair removed, are all an added bonus to
the tick treatment! Best of all the
chemicals used in a Soggidog wash are
natural Pyrethrin and completely safe for
humans so there is no need to worry about
children patting your dog after a wash.
Pyrethrin is very effective and no
resistance has built up even after its many
years of use.
Its a good idea to regularly bath a tick free dog with an insecticidal wash
to prevent any recurrences of infestation. Ticks can easily be picked up
on walks or crawl through the fence from a neighbours yard. One female
can lay 4000 eggs. You may not find her before she does this.
The best advise I can give is to know your enemy. There is a useful site
published by the Northern Territory Government with heaps of information
about ticks, their breeding cycle etc.
Unfortunately, we share this beautiful part
of the country with the Brown Dog Tick as
many of you are probably more than
aware. Some people think that living with
ticks is just part of living in the Pilbara but
nothing could be further from the truth. You
DO NOT have to put up with them! If you
follow simple directions they are quite
simple to irradicate. I have worked with
these horrible little bugs for many years
and have cured countless tick problems,
and this is the most effective way I have
found to succeed at being tick free for
STEP 1: Treat your dog AND the environment thoroughly at least
fortnightly for about 1- 3 months. (Depending on severity of infestation)
Thats it. Its no secret. But.....easier said than done perhaps??.
You must do this regularly and do not miss a treatment otherwise more eggs
will be laid and the cycle will continue. A single treatment of any sort may
reduce tick numbers in the short term, but will never get rid of ticks completely.
Treating the environment???
The dogs environment includes anywhere the dog likes to lay. Ticks like
shaded areas. You may need to treat; the dogs bedding, under the bedding,
favorite cool sandy holes that the dog lays in (you will need to find all the holes
- check your entire yard), favorite non-sandy areas where the dog lays (yes
ticks will definitely breed on concrete and pavers - I have seen them!).
These areas may include your back door mat or under your outdoor table or in
your shed. Anywhere where there is constant moisture such as drips from an
airconditioner, or presence of a drain are also tick favorites. Dont be fooled
into thinking ticks only live in the dirt it is simply not true.
Treating these areas is equally important as treating your dog, and you will
not irradicate these pests from your yard by treating your dog only. You may
have to spy on your dog for a couple of days to see exactly where he is
hanging out at different times of the day, so you know where to concentrate
When the above steps are followed, in my 9 years washing dogs in the Pilbara,
I have not come across a tick problem that has beaten me yet.
If you choose to use a different product or method to bring your tick problem
under control, just remember that the same rules apply. Treat the dog and
its environment. In my opinion, if you treat only one of these, or treat
sporadically, you willl be wasting your time and your money. Decide if you
want to get rid of your ticks completely or if you are happy just to reduce
numbers for a while. Without treating the yard, tick numbers may decline for
a period of time if you treat the dog alone, but ....they'll be back! Ticks can
survive in an untreated environment for up to19 months - even with NO
DOG to feed from!!
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