Ticks are parasites that feed on both animal and human blood. Ticks are usually present on vegetation and they get on to the host when the host comes in contact with it.
Ticks cannot fly, they have 8 legs with no antennae. They crawl on to animals and humans when they are spending time outdoor. Once they are on the host, they stick to the skin firmly and feed on blood for several minutes and can transmit diseases.
Ticks are distinguished into two types hard ticks and soft ticks. Hard ticks have a hard shell and are flat seed shaped. Soft ticks do not have a shell and are raisin shaped.
The American dog tick can bite humans and can be a carrier of several infections of humans including tularemia, rabbit fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is one of the species commonly involved with tick paralysis.
Brown Dog ticks are a nuisance to the host animal and the household. Although they seldom attack humans they are dangerous as they can Carry Lyme disease.
Control of ticks in outdoor areas is extremely difficult. While several insecticides are labeled for outdoor tick control, they are usually not effective in eliminating large numbers of ticks in brushy, heavily wooded areas. There are, however, some management techniques that can discourage a buildup of ticks in these areas.
Modifying the habitat is a more permanent approach to tick management. Since ticks must be in areas of high humidity in order to survive, they are most commonly found in grassy, brushy, wooded, and shaded areas. Therefore, reducing the humidity in these areas by keeping grass well-clipped, removing brush, and pruning trees to allow more sunlight to penetrate to the soil surface will discourage ticks from becoming established in these areas.
General purpose ready to use aerosol like SureKill Total Release Aerosol is Ideal for Space treatment against a wide variety of pests like ticks, fleas and flies indoors.
Tips for controlling ticks indoors.
- Screening and sealing house entry points used by tick hosts, such as squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks and bats will also reduce tick problems in and around the home.
- Sealing cracks and crevices where ticks can hide, both inside and on the exterior of home, will aid in management.
- Regular examination and grooming of pets (especially dogs) and frequent cleaning of their bedding, is also strongly recommended.
- Infested pet bedding should be carefully washed or disposed of. The area around the pet bed should be carefully and thoroughly treated.
- Remove the occasional tick found indoors by vacuuming, seal the vacuum bag and place it in the trash.