Ticks are not the kind of unexpected guests we’ll ever be happy to see at our front door. Unfortunately, it’s easy for ticks to be tracked into your home in your dog’s coat or even on your person. Ick! Once they’re in, some species will have trouble surviving and will die within a few days. But other species can survive and reproduce just fine indoors, which is cause for concern. Here, we’re taking a look at how to prevent ticks from entering your home and how to get rid of them if they’ve already moved in.
Start with the Yard
Ticks thrive in tall grass and brush, so make sure to routinely mow your lawn short. Pay special attention to the edges of your property, as this is where foliage can get easily overgrown and might coincidentally also be your dog’s favorite spot to sniff and play. If you really want to keep ticks out, lay a strip of gravel or wood chips around your yard – ticks don’t like walking over those kinds of textures. Finally, spray your yard down with our Flea and Tick Yard and Kennel Spray.
Check Your Dog
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – check your dog for ticks before you let him in the house! This is especially important if you’ve taken your dog hiking or roaming off your own property. Even if you think your pup is safe, it’s never a bad idea to double check. Ticks can carry lyme disease, so even if you don’t find any on your pup, watch for symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, pain or stiffness – and get him to the vet if you see the signs. To prevent or treat ticks, explore our various options of Flea and Tick Treatments.
Check our bestsellers!
If They Get In
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, those little suckers still make it inside. To de-tick your home, start by making sure every crack and crevice is sealed so you know they won’t be getting in from outside. Like we said above, check your dog for ticks – but also make sure to check yourself and your family members, too. Vacuum like you’ve never vacuumed before, and throw blankets and clothing in the dryer to kill off ticks with the heat. Finally, your mission to destroy the ticks in your home isn’t complete without using our Flea and Tick Home Sprays and Carpet Powders.
Ticks are some of our least favorite pests. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent them from coming in or treat them if they’ve invaded. Here’s to a tick-free yard and home!