Ticks are a common problem at home, especially if you have pets.
Ticks depend on blood from a host in order to survive and in the majority of instances are introduced to your house through your pets including dogs, cats, rabbit and even rats.
Although ticks do not have wings, they have incredibly powerful elongated legs that allow them to jump long distances and move easily between you and your pets. A successful tick control requires treatment for both your property and pets, and preparation by the home owner before the application of any insecticides.
A minor tick infestation can quickly become a major infestation due to how quick ticks reproduce – a female can lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal.
If you think you have ticks, then it’s important to get control immediately, and engaging Ecokil Pest Control will ensure that your minor problem doesn’t become a major problem.
How to identify if you have Ticks
Pets: if your pest is constantly scratching then there is a more then likely chance your pet has fleas. Check the hindquarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat. These are the areas that are targeted and where you might see signs of flea activity.
Droppings: If you can see fine black droppings on your pets skin this is actually flea dirt or adult flea feces. A fleas dropping resembles ground pepper.
Furniture: Flea dirt on pet bedding, carpets or rugs is another common sign you have fleas
Bites: red bite marks on your arms and legs which can be irritating is an obvious sign you have fleas
- Adult ticks can survive up to 8 months without food or water.
- When a tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin, cuts into the surface and then inserts its feeding tube into the skin.
- A single adult female can consume 0.6 mL of blood or more.
Before any treatment is completed Ecokil Pest Control recommends that you vacuum carpets, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture thoroughly. This will not only get rid of adult ticks, but also their eggs and larvae.
After vacuuming, make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner away from the house disposing of the vacuum bag due to the fleas still being alive in the vacuum bag. If you have a lawn make sure the lawn is cut short to ensure that when the insecticide is applied it either makes direct contact with the ticks, or leaves a residual on the ground.
The final important step before the flea treatment is completed is to ensure that any pets have been treated for ticks. There is no point in having a tick treatment done and the host still having ticks.
Now that all the important preparation steps have been completed, it’s now time for your Ecokil Pest Control technician to complete the treatment. The treatment involves a complete residual blanket spray to the areas infested by fleas such as lawns, carpets and pet beds using a registered insecticide.