Ticks belong to the spider family, and just like fleas, mosquitos, and mites, they are a common pest that is best dealt with every year. Warm and wet springs are ideal conditions for tick growth, and the tiny nuisances can quickly spread by attaching themselves to animals, clothing, and wind-blown leaves. Here are some of the ways you can eradicate the tick growth before it becomes a problem.
In the Yard
Ticks hide beneath vegetation and on grass stalks just waiting for your pet to walk by, so safe tick control in the yard can be difficult if not begun early in the spring. If steps are taken monthly, it can be as easy as spraying an eco-friendly liquid repellant every three or four weeks.
In the Wild
Although it would seem prudent to be aware of pests, bugs, and animals when your pet is frolicking in the wilds of the neighborhood parks and dog-approved areas, many people believe the city, state, or park control efforts are sufficient for complete tick control. Sadly, that is not always the case, and ticks have grown in numbers in the past few years. Ticks love to attach themselves to your pet as it walks past a branch, so it is best to check your precious pet after each outing.
In the House
While it would seem unbelievable, once your four-legged friend brings a well-fed tick into the house, it can live for up to 30 days. That means the tick may become mature, feed again, and lay eggs inside your home. To prevent ticks from invading your residence, check your pets with a few loving brush strokes after each walk through grasses or brush.
Elimination of all ticks may be impossible but staying on top of the problem can prevent your furry friends from being bit, becoming ill, or carrying the spider-like pest around. It only takes a few minutes a day to check for the pesky critters.